That is the title of a book by John Piper that has this as its theme…and yes hedonist does mean pleasure seeker…
“God is most glorified when I am most satisfied in him.”
l have been thinking about what God is wanting to teach us in our time right now, and also reading a book called “Marketplace Christianity” that my dad recommended (by Robert Fraser). (A MUST READ FOR ANYONE!!!!)
In this book one of the things they talk about is the realm of spiritual giftings in the marketplace or business world. So like the church sphere has apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors, evangelists the business world has areas of spiritual giftings as well. God is using the other millions of christians (97%) that are not in the church sphere to serve God and influence people for the kingdom of heaven
One of these giftings that stuck out to me was the one about treasure bringers. It is a funny thing to say while we sit here with less than $30 cash to our name, but I really believe through a series of events that God has spoken to us that he will use us in this way.
As Robert Fraser puts it “treasure bringers are anointed by God to make money and to do great deeds of compassion and mercy for the nations.” They are totally motivated by seeing God as a benevolent father and they are free from greed and selfish ambition. They want to make money to use it to bless others. One guy like this was about to become a missionary but felt God lead him to start a business. The business makes multi millions but they choose to live in a modest 3 bedroom home and drive used cars. He says “God has called me to make all the money I can and live on as little as possible”.
(These are the local wood bunk beds my dad,Sam from the base and Josh have been busy building)
WOW!! I was totally humbled and realized that God needs to refine us if we are to be truly useful to God in that way. I realized that living here with no money and very few things and surrounded by need is exactly the place to learn
TO BE COMPLETELY CONTENT WITH LITTLE, AND TO FIND GREATER JOY IN GIVING THAN KEEPING.
I realized now is the time to ENJOY GOD regardless of personal wealth. To live here with JOY, Hope and Peace right now, not when we get a job.
My AHHA moment came today when I saw that breakthrough is not when we can suffer through with little but when we can TRULY BE CONTENT because life really is not about things. The great joy comes not just by being content but also by having the opportunity to GIVE. To see a need and meet it or help in some way.
God doesn’t ask us to be completely satisfied with little and it stop there. He lets us participate in BEING A BLESSING. what an opportunity to experience real joy.
And so it is very true that “GOD IS MOST GLORIFIED WHEN i AM MOST SATISFIED IN HIM”
We are not meant to suffer through, but to ENJOY!!
So I am off to enjoy the rest of my day and I hope you will too.
(the photos are with some of the kids I bring home from preschool to play and have a meal…Angelina is the oldest, then there is Nicole her cousin and Jimmy.) It really is a joy serving those guys. I pray God will continue to use us to bring Joy and love to their lives.