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What Comes First: My Obedience to Jesus or My Joy in Jesus? // Ask Pastor John

A video published by Desiring God on November 13th, 2018

Does our obedience or our joy come first? Pastor John explains that joy-driven obedience is the only obedience worth pursuing. How is my obedience connected to my joy? It’s a question today from Jonathan. “Hi, Pastor John. I’m a seminary student in South Africa. My question is about Christian Hedonism. What a deep and powerful thing enjoying God is. God used this greatly in my conversion! “After a couple of years, however, my joy in God grew very dim. Not only my joy, but also my contentment and prizing of God above all else — a most joyful state — disappeared. This is especially true when I fall into sin. I feel sin blinds me to who God is and thus I don’t enjoy him for who he is because I can’t see him for who he is. Is that true? And how much of our joy in Christ is only achievable and possible in a state of robust obedience?” Episode 1276: Related Resources: “How Do I Feed My Joy in Jesus Every Morning?” “How Do I Show Kindness to My Children and Expect Them to Obey?” “Why Did Jesus Need to ‘Learn Obedience’?” “The Key to Christian Obedience” Ask Pastor John Playlist: Find other recent and popular Ask Pastor John episodes,

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