And If the Joy Comes, It Is a Gift

When we understand that seeing Christ is what leads to enjoying Christ, and that therefore the fight for joy is mainly a fight to see, we grasp how the fight does not undermine the fact tha joy is a gift and a spontaneous experience.  The joy that comes from seeing beauty is spontaneous no matter how hard one fought to see.  The fighting does not cause the joy.  Seeing causes the joy.  And it does so freely.  There is no coercion.  No one stands before a beautiful sunrise and says, “Now I worked hard to get up this early; you owe me happiness by your bright colors.”  No.  We stand there and in humility we receive.  And if the joy comes, it is a gift.

– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 44

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