So Christ, in the giving of His life, set you free from the bondage of this world by taking off the ceiling and letting joy be ever-increasing in Him. He frees you up from worshiping creation and rolls you up to an understanding that the Creator of that creation is who the praise is due to.
Matt Chandler, The Village Church, An Astonishing Trade
I think Chandler hits the nail on the head here. The way to be freed from our idols (those things that we give greater worth than God) is to look to Christ and his freedom-giving work of sacrifice on the Cross and find all of our satisfaction in Him.
When Christ alone, when God Himself is the sole fountain that the Christian drinks from, then all other sources of satisfaction lose their appeal. Our spiritual “taste buds” develop a palette for that which is truly and only satisfying: God Himself. Then we can say with the Psalmist:
All my fountains are in you. —Psalm 87:7 (NIV)
Lord, I pray that you help develop our ease for that which alone is satisfying. May our fountains, may our “springs of joy” (as the NASB translates) all be found in You. You alone are everything. You are God. Satisfy us with Yourself. Come to us in Your Word, through Your Spirit and through prayer. Be our delight and our song and all that we look to. In Jesus’ beautiful name; Amen!
There is only one explanation for God’s sacrifice for us. It is not us. It is “the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7). It is all free. It is not a response to our worth. It is the overflow of his infinite worth. In fact, that is what divine love is in the end: a passion to enthrall undeserving sinners, at great cost, with what will make us supremely happy forever, namely, his infinite beauty.
John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die
I love this simple reminder that God’s sacrifice for us is not all about us. It is all about “the overflow of his infinite worth.” The Gospel takes the attention off us and places it on the person of Jesus Christ and the work that He did.
Our lives then are freed from our miserable smallness so that we can live for something far greater: glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.
Lord, I pray that you would grant this work in us. Free us from ourselves. Free us from the multitude of things that distract us from You and keep us from enjoying you more fully and from giving you the glory due Your name. We love you Lord.