Think, The Life of the Mind and the Love of God
John Piper, Crossway Books
“…loving God with all our mind means that our thinking is wholly engaged to do all it can to awaken and express the heartfelt fullness of treasuring God above all things.” -John Piper
Loving God must engage both the heart and mind. In Think, The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper encourages believers to think deeply about God as a means to glorify and treasure Him above all things. Using one of America’s greatest thinkers, Jonathan Edwards, as an example; John Piper asserts that a well thought out understanding of truth will stimulate the heart to love God. In this book, Piper wisely attests that thinking to the glory of God is not mere intellectualism or amassing great knowledge for its own sake, but rather “that all thinking–all learning, all education, all schooling…exists for the love of God and the love of man” (p 21).
After reading this book, I have been thinking about the life of the mind as it pertains to knowing God. Although finite man can never say he has learned all there is to know about God, what he does know he can know truly. As we study and think about Scripture, our understanding of God increases, igniting the desire to obey and glorify Him. Of course, knowing God entails more than just memorizing a list of facts about Him. That kind of knowledge only puffs up. Knowing God happens in the context of relationship and that relationship is only made possible because of the Gospel.
Oh, how magnificently layered is the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Can a man ever get to the bottom of that? What better object deserving our attention than the Holy Spirit aided apprehension of Christ and His Gospel! Consider the Gospel treasure waiting to be discovered by a deliberate contemplation of it. Think of the Gospel as a banquet. Positioned at the head of the table is our beloved King bidding us to feast on one delectable morsel after another.
Piper’s book has been a great encouragement to me to grow in my knowledge of God. Let us join heart and mind for His fame and for His Glory!
“…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matt 22:37
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel