It Is Really a Question About Persecution

When I address the question, “What should I do if I don’t desire God?” I am addressing this question: “How can I obtain or recover a joy in Christ that is so deep and so strong that it will free me from bondage to Western comforts and security, and will impel me into sacrifices of mercy and missions, and will sustain me in the face of martyrdom?”  Persecution is normal for Christians (II Timothy 3:12; I Peter 4:12; Acts 14:22).

– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 20