During Life Group last night, one of the questions asked something to the effect of why we want to go to heaven. And we got to talking about it, and Piper’s book called “God is the Gospel” came up – he talks a lot about this it the book.
So, I ask “you” – Why do you want to go to heaven? Is it to see family members? Eat? Play football?
This paragraph pretty much sums up the book & what our motivation for getting to heaven ought to be:
WOULD YOU BE HAPPY IN HEAVEN IF GOD
WERE NOT THERE?
My point in this book is that all the saving events and all the saving blessings of the gospel are means of getting obstacles out of the way so that we might know and enjoy God most fully. Propitiation, redemption, forgiveness, imputation, sanctification, liberation, heal- ing, heaven—none of these is good news except for one reason: they bring us to God for our everlasting enjoyment of him. If we believe all these things have happened to us, but do not embrace them for the sake of getting to God, they have not happened to us. Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above see- ing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It’s a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don’t want God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel.