It’s a gift. He couldn’t let it go. They are folly to him. We’re dead. And that’s the way fighting relates to grace. These are all the restfulness commendations of the world. So, Christian Hedonism is on a crusade to cause people not to dislike God’s being all in all, but to be ravished by the sight of God as absolutely authoritative, absolutely sovereign, absolutely just, wise, true, loving, and powerful. I do not conceive of any Christian on planet Earth who says, “I am saved by faith, and Jesus is not my treasure.” That is an oxymoronic statement to me. You can’t make it happen. Remember the rich young ruler? It rises spontaneously and responds to things. He is author of. Don’t turn the Christian life into a fight. It’s an assumption that pervades the American church and which causes people to make hash out of the Bible and become mistaken in so many theological ways. When I Don’t Desire God Part 3. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Now, notice the parallel of those two halves. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Listen to the way Paul puts it in 1 Corinthian 3:6, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” And we could just substitute, “God gave the joy.” There are things that are involved in this gift — and it’s a gift. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. You cannot keep it. “The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome, but kind to everyone, able to teach.” So now just get the picture here. He is unable to understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” So here I am born to Bill and Ruth Piper a fallen human being natural in my mind — not spiritual — and therefore hostile to God. Now, there’s a framework of mind operating with those two mistakes, and it’s the framework of mind that says, “God cannot be just if he requires from me what I do not have immediate power to perform. The reason we are a technique-obsessed people is because we’re not modest. People theologically make two kinds of mistakes here. “Not that we lorded over your faith. Am I in your arms just kind of being brought to heaven or am I swimming and stumbling to work and then climbing and clawing? In a special episode, Pastor John explains why we should be careful in how we talk to each other about it. So, the Christian life is hard, right? Do you hear what the ministry is? So, the question is how in the world do you put together spontaneity and gift for joy and fight and work and endurance. “Not that we lorded over your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy.” And that word workers or laborers is another way of what I mean by fight — fighters, workers. Read, watch, or listen to the full message: John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. That was clarification number one, namely, it’s joy in God, not joy in general that we’re fighting for. “Whom have I in heaven but thee? Will it be staying home or going out like we talked last night? Aug 19, 2005. I said also that the aim is to join God in displaying his glory in the world because God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. The name of this conference is How to Fight for Joy or When I Don’t Desire God , and I said that the aim is not to increase your comforts, but to sustain the sacrifice of love. We have an indispensable place on planet earth. I like your joy talk. And he makes humans an essential element and means in the process called evangelism. It’s called sovereign almighty grace. I have no affection for him as a treasure.” That’s not a Christian in my judgment, and I base it on the text like John 6:35. “Whom have I in heaven but you? Romans 8:7 says, “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God. That would be now or you in your ministry, must not be quarrelsome. Proverbs 19:21: “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but the purpose of the Lord will stand.” Be a planning people. “Where will God enable me to overflow in joy in love to you better?” Will it be driving this way or this way? Therefore, we fight for joy. When I Don’t Desire God Part 3. Feel happy. But I cannot do that when I get up feeling glum in the morning. Love is also the heart, caring about people, loving zealously, warmly, affectionately our maker and our Redeemer, and this is going to grow cold toward the end in many people. When I Don’t Desire God Part 5. Fight for joy though you cannot fight for joy. The name of this conference is How to Fight for Joy or When I Don’t Desire God, and I said that the aim is not to increase your comforts, but to sustain the sacrifice of love. Editor’s Note: This message, which appears below as a lightly edited transcript, is the third part of a series of six messages based on the book When I Don’t Desire God.