My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: "O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!"

09 May 2007


Many, if not most, Christian families with children know the pain of seeing a child conscientiously and purposefully reject the grace of Jesus. Abraham Piper, the son of pastor John Piper, was one such wayward son, won back to Christ after his wandering. In this article, he shares his perspective as one such prodigal son.

I must confess that, in my haste and speed-reading of blogs, I rarely pause to stop and think. But, for personal and pastoral reasons, Abraham's article made me stop, brought me great conviction and loosed tears from my eyes. If you are near to such a wanderer, please read it.

Piper: And not only is [Jesus] the only point—he’s the only hope. When they see
the wonder of Jesus, satisfaction will be redefined. He will replace the
pathetic vanity of the money, or the praise of man, or the high, or the orgasm
that they are staking their eternities on right now. Only his grace can draw
them from their perilous pursuits and bind them safely to himself—captive, but

He will do this for many. Be faithful and don’t give up.


Natalie said...

I like this. Reminds me a lot of Ted Tripp's "Shepherding a Child's Heart". Wonder if Abraham's been reading any of his fellow Reformed Baptist's work. Perhaps an addition more suited to our theology would be: Plead to your Covenant God to save this one who was raised in a Covenant home.

Tamara said...

His grace is final. I find myself at contempt with my own prodigal tendancies. But His grace will draw the ones that He loves because He is relentless. His grace is unavoidable it is soverign and not misguided.