Transformation Pays: The Spiritual Benefits of Self-Sacrifice


The Crucifixion with the Virgin and Saint John

Today at Common Sense Concept I add a bit more clarity to my previous post on Ayn Rand. This time, I focus more closely on the spiritual payoffs to self-sacrifice.

Here’s an excerpt from the post:

In this post, I hope to offer a bit more illumination as to how we as Christians are to process such a “payoff” in our own lives. But take note: I am not advocating a give-and-take mindset by which we throw our lives at the altar while begging for goodies from heaven. For any of these “payoffs” to occur, our heart motive must be properly aligned to what Jesus calls us to. That’s the tricky part. For us to be able to enjoy the blessed life, our sacrifice has to be genuine and steadfast. Our motives have to be pure and properly aligned to a desire to perform God’s will. Without such an alignment, our sacrifice is in vain.

To launch my argument, I use John Piper’s famous book, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist:

Piper discusses the many ways in which God desires for us to be joyful, arguing that “the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.” This is the key: In order to “profit,” as Rand would say, we must not only learn to enjoy God, but we must begin to recognize how he is constantly changing us and transforming us through our selfless attempts to change the world for his glory.

The question?

What do we risk if we reject Christ’s call to selfless self-interestedness? If we dismiss his instructions as silly contradictions (as Rand does) or exalt them as glorious masochism (as many Christians do), will we be able to fulfill God’s calling for us? Will we be able to enjoy God if we fail to glorify him through our obedience?

To read the full post, click here.

In my next post, I will focus on the physical benefits.

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  • http://twitter.com/remnantculture/status/2104593743876097 Remnant Culture

    Read part 2 of my Ayn Rand critique: "Transformation Pays: The Spiritual Benefits of Self-Sacrifice." http://bt.io/GI51 #tcot #tlot

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  • http://twitter.com/remnantculture/status/2550196105908224 Remnant Culture

    Jesus told us to sacrifice, but we shouldn't forget the individual benefits that come with it. http://bt.io/GIV9 #aynrand #tcot #tlot

  • http://twitter.com/josephsunde/status/2935441728741376 Joseph Sunde

    What kind of economics are THOSE? "But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ." http://bt.io/GIsD

  • http://twitter.com/remnantculture/status/5301381984428032 Remnant Culture

    "The pursuit of pleasure is a necessary part of all worship and virtue." -John Piper: http://bt.io/GIV9