"But what I know even more surely is that the greatest joy in God comes from giving His gifts away, not in hoarding them for ourselves. It is good to work and have. It is better to work and have in order to give. God's glory shines more brightly when he satisfies us in times of loss than when He provides for us in times of plenty. The health, wealth, and prosperity 'gospel' swallows up the beauty of Christ in the beauty of His gifts and turns the gifts into idols. The world is not impressed when Christians get rich and say thanks to God. They are impressed when god is so satisfying that we give our riches away for Christ's sake and count it gain" (pg. 72).
John Piper's words here in chapter 4 are a great reminder that our wealth and earthly treasures are not for us to hoard but for us to give. When we give, we are modeling our Heavenly Father who has given us so much. Giving is a great way to test where our priorities are and where our treasure really lies.
"Make all you can,
Save all you can,
Give all you can."
-John Wesley (Paraphrase)
I'd love to hear your thoughts about this section of the book and/or things that stood out to you in chapter 4.
Song That Relates: "Take My Life And Let It Be"