The Glory of DG Is as Nothing

When I pray that Christ may increase and Desiring God may decrease what do I mean?

I do not mean that I want God to help us have less influence in awakening a passion for the supremacy of Christ.

Rather, I mean: Lord, help us more and more to magnify Christ in such a way that by comparison to the glory of Christ the glory of Desiring God is as nothing.

And I mean: Lord, help us to delight in Christ more and more so that our joy would be in seeing him magnified NOT in being made much of because we may have helped that happen.

Or to say it another way: Lord, spare us the insidious ego deception that we love God when really we love being told that we love God. Forbid that our being thanked is the bottom of our joy, rather than Christ being praised.

John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books.