The text here is a partially transcribed excerpt from a message spoken by John Piper. Consider listening to the entirety of the message from which this excerpt is derived… entitled “How Our Suffering Glorifies the Greatness of the Grace of God.”
The purpose of God in creating the universe is to display the greatness of the glory of His grace supremely in the suffering of His Son. That’s yesterday. Today, the summons. Will you join the Son in displaying the supreme satisfaction of the glory of grace in joining Him on the Calvary road of suffering because there is no other way the world is going to see the supreme glory of Christ today except that we break free from the Disney Land of America and begin to live lifestyles of missionary sacrifice that looks to the world like our treasure is in heaven and not on earth; it’s the only way.
The prosperity gospel will not make anybody praise Jesus. It will make people praise prosperity. Of course I’ll have a jesus who will give me a car. Who wouldn’t want a jesus who gives me health, a car, a fine marriage… I’ll take your jesus if the payoff is right.