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God Is an Important Person

God is an important person who does not like being taken for granted.

I want to begin with a text from Isaiah 48: 911. It's one of the most G texts in the Bible. What makes it so radically G is that it reveals the G of God. These verses show better than any other text the supremacy of God in the heart of God.

For my own name's sake I delay my wrath;

for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you,

so as not to cut you off.

See, I have refined you, though not as silver;

I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.

How can I let myself be defamed?

I will not yield my glory to another.

The burden that I want to bring to you this morning is this: God is an important person, and he does not like being taken for granted.

It is insulting to be taken for granted.

Suppose you ask a man, a president of a company, "Who, under God, is the most important person in your life?"

He says, "I guess it would be my for marketing."

You say, "What about your wife?"

He says, "Oh, of course, I just assumed that. I just take that for granted. It goes without saying."

A few people would assume that his abounding love and respect for his wife caused him to forget her. Most of us probably would assume that the reason she didn't come to mind is because she's not uppermost in his affections.

The wife wouldn't say, "I am so honored that I'm like the air he breathes. He never gives me a thought."

There is in most people's minds no direct correlation between taking something for granted and showing its value as a treasure. We can be certain the wife would say, "If I don't come to your mind when you're asked about your life's priorities, then it's because I'm not important to you. And if you think that I am honored by being taken for granted, you're wrong!"

It's possible to take important ...

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John Piper is a theologian, pastor, and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Sermon Outline:


I. Being taken for granted is insulting

II. God is important to everything

III. God doesn't like being taken for granted

IV. Neglecting the importance of God robs us of fullness of life