This is a letter Pastor (not Dr. or Rev.) John Piper wrote to the parents of a baby born with no eyes…
The last few lines make my heart come alive in tears of hope,
It seems to me that this life is a proving ground for the kingdom to come. Some are asked to devote forty or fifty years to caring for a handicapped child instead of breezing through life without pain. Others are asked to be blind all their lives…
But only in this life – ONLY in this life. I want to be the kind person who makes that “ONLY” what it really is – very short. Prelude to the infinity of joy, joy, joy. But not yet. Not entirely.
How will we ever cope with the burdens of this life if we believe this is all there is, or even the main act in this drama of reality? O Lord, give us your view of things.
May God fill you with anticipated joy.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
If it is true, that this life is just God’s test grounds of looking for love and humility so that He can entrust those faithful ones to much in the age to come… (Mt. 20:26-28; 24:45-47) I want to see life this way! Oh, I want to see that this is about learning how to love now, not about how to play the games of empire and get big in this age. Oh, this is about making Jesus big and reflecting His character of self-giving, other-oriented love. This is about bleeding and blazoning the gospel among all the nations so that when He comes, He has an equally yoked Bride, a Bride who has left all to follow Him (Ps. 45:10-11). We are so centered on THIS DAY. We need the power of hope (Rom. 15:13) to align and anchor our hearts for THAT DAY, for the coming Kingdom of Messiah. It is the great reversal (especially for mothers) and the only motivator for humility and submission and faithfulness in this age when it seems no one is looking or noticing. It is the day when God will vindicate. It is the day when He will openly judge wickedness and reward righteousness. It is the day when He will rewrite all the history books! Alexander won’t be so “great”! And it will be those who have kept and taught the commandments of Christ who will called “great” (Mt. 5:19)! They will “shine brightly like the stars forever and ever” (Dan. 12:3). Don’t grow weary, your life is hidden and it WILL be revealed in glory (Col. 3:3-4). “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” (Gal. 6:9) “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.” (Rev. 22:12) “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet. 1:13)