John Piper has made an incredible impact on my life.
He’s a pastor, author, and theologian who is absolutely obsessed with Jesus’ glory.
At various points he’s encouraged me to look to Jesus instead of my fear, doubt, or sin. In this post I wanted to share 13 of the best John Piper quotes.
1. How God Gets Glory
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
2. Measure Of Social Media
“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”
3. Do We Want God’s Glory?
“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.”
– A Hunger For God
4. How To Have Full Joy
“If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full.”
– Don’t Waste Your Life Study Guide
5. The Gospel Is More Than A Ticket To Heaven
“Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It’s a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don’t want God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel.”
– God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself
6. Don’t Waste Your Life
“It is better to lose your life than to waste it.”
7. Grace Is Power
“Grace is the pleasure of God to magnify the worth of God by giving sinners the right and power to delight in God without obscuring the glory of God.”
8. What Is Sin?
“What is sin?
It is the glory of God not honored.
The holiness of God not reverenced.
The greatness of God not admired.
The power of God not praised.
The truth of God not sought.
The wisdom of God not esteemed.
The beauty of God not treasured.
The goodness of God not savored.
The faithfulness of God not trusted.
The commandments of God not obeyed.
The justice of God not respected.
The wrath of God not feared.
The grace of God not cherished.
The presence of God not prized.
The person of God not loved.
That is sin.”
9. The Goal Of The Church
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.”
“The strength of patience hangs on our capacity to believe that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours.”
11. My Feelings Are Not God!
“My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God’s word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes – many times – my feelings are out of sync with the truth. When that happens – and it happens every day in some measure – I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth.”
– Finally Alive: What Happens When We Are Born Again?
“Tomorrow, if prayer ceased to exist, how would your life be different?”
13. Find Your God-Centered Passion
“But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.”
– Don’t Waste Your Life