Short-Term Loss for Long-Term Gain

Philippians 2:3–4


In this lab, John Piper shows us that our joy is too nearsighted when it only sees private pleasures in front of us. But our joy has vision like our Savior when it stretches far enough to include others.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:3–4:

  1. Do you find joy in other people’s joy? Whose joy gives you happiness?
  2. Is Philippians 2:3–4 a call to ultimate self-denial? Must we look away from our own happiness to live for others?
  3. How can you seek to put your happiness in other people’s joy this week?

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Principle for Bible Reading

Dig for Reality

Often, God’s deepest treasures are for those who refuse to stop at an intellectual level, but keep digging and praying until they strike the heart of the reality of the text. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you and keep digging until you not only know what the text says, but what the text means, what realities it points to.

In this lab, John Piper discusses an astounding life of love. Many of us can intellectually grasp what the text says without ever understanding or experiencing the reality. Keep asking God to allow you to know the reality of this life, personally.