The Dangerous Duty of Delight by John Piper
I’ve been longing to learn about Christian Hedonism. John Piper’s The Dangerous Duty of Delight is a great start. It is a short read, yet profound and rich in insight—just the way Piper does it.
But what is Christian Hedonism? I quoted the following from the book:
Did God create you for His glory or for your joy? Answer: He created you so that you might spend eternity glorifying Him by enjoying Him forever. In other words, you do not have to choose between glorifying God and enjoying God. Indeed, you dare not choose. If you forsake one, you lose the other. [Jonathan] Edwards is absolutely right: “God is glorified not only by His glory’s being seen, but by its being rejoiced in.” If we do not rejoice in God, we do not glorify God as we ought.
Here is the rock-solid foundation of Christian Hedonism: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. This is the best news in the world. God’s passion to be glorified and my passion to be satisfied are not at odds1.
Christian Hedonism interests me. I hope to study it further. Moreover, I hope to get a copy of Piper’s Desiring God (The Dangerous Duty of Delight is a condensed version of this book).
1John Piper-John Piper, The Dangerous Duty of Delight (Colorado Springs, Co.: Multmonah Books, 2001), 20.