A fellow blogger reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from John Piper, which reminded me of something I once wrote about God’s goal for believers. And here is the quote:
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.
John Piper (Desiring God)
God’s goal in all things is His Glory. He matures us spiritually for His glory. He brings us to repentance for His glory. Because of who He is, God’s glory must be at the center of all He does. It’s always all about Him. And our greatest satisfaction lies in seeing God’s glory. See John 17:1, 4-5, Ephesians 1:3-14
And God really is more interested in us knowing Him and finding delight in Him than in us finding ourselves (Matthew 10:39). God isn’t a sugar-daddy who’s wringing his hands just waiting for us to turn to Him to fix our lives. He is the awesome King of the Universe who, through the Cross, made it possible for us to find our lives in the only place we can find them, in knowing Him.
All this is true from our perspective, too. The definition of “eternal life” is that we know God, pant for Him, find our satisfaction in Him, delight in Him, receive our greatest joy in Him — not in His blessings or even His felt presence — but simply in who He is. (Did you ever think that if heaven is defined as being with Jesus, then only those who love Him will really want to be there anyway?).
In fact, knowing God through Jesus is a greater goal than serving God or becoming like Him. These are both means to the end of knowing God. And they are both the results of knowing Him. See John 17:3, Philippians 3:7-11, 1:21
In the end, God’s glory and our satisfaction are two sides of the same coin:
We are most satisfied in God when we are most in awe of His glory.
(see Paul’s praise in Romans 11:33-36)