“Joyful perseverance” is my daily prayer. Recently, an acquaintance emailed me asking me for a prayer request. I responded as I normally do: “Joyful perseverance.” Perhaps you can relate. Rather than merely enduring the “good fight of faith” (2 Timothy 4:7), I want to enjoy
John Piper has said that the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying him forever. Desiring God, the ministry that Piper founded, states, “Joy is not optional. It’s essential.” Piper calls himself a Christian hedonist, which is defined as “the conviction that
Christianity promises a life of fulfilment and joy. In Philippians 4:10–19, Paul highlights four strategies to pursue joy as Christians: embracing selflessness; embracing contentment; embracing thankfulness; and embracing generosity.
Choice is integral to life in the West. We take it for granted generally, but when it comes to salvation we often miss the point. It is so easy in the hustle and bustle of the end-of-year busyness to lose our joy in the Lord.