Some who were not able to make the Quest For More Conference with Paul Tripp wanted some notes, so I'll post them here. I'll be posting the rest over the next few days. In this post in particular, everything I wrote is straight from Paul
Friday Night Part 1 : Tripps points are in bold. My elaboration is in plain text.
Main point: This side of heaven, it’s hard to remember what’s ultimately most important, and not to constantly make smaller things the most important things in our daily moments.
Here Tripp tells the story about how a few years back he finally got the first car in his life that he actually enjoyed driving. He was taking his nephew for a ride, they had had tons of food to eat, and then the boy started throwing up in the car, everywhere, and just kept going and going. This car had some fancy ventilated seats with little holes where you sit…you get the point. So Tripp says, “And I said to him two things that I really didn’t mean. First: it’s okay. Second: I love you more than the car.” Tripp said, isn’t it funny how we attribute meaning to things that we never supposed to give us meaning? A car is supposed to be a utilitarian object that transports us from point A to point B. But it quickly can become something that we prize because it gives us a sense of meaning or importance.
We have been hardwired for Glory. This can be seen in our love of competition. Even a kindergartner seeks to exalt himself over his classmates. We love when our sports team wins and when someone praise us. But ultimately, we have been hardwired to love God’s glory.
There is woven inside all of us, the desire to be part of something bigger. However, we seek to fill that desire in material things that cannot satisfy, and not in God.
In John 6, the crowd wants to make Jesus king by force because of how he turned a small lunch into thousands of loaves. The crowd is thinking “free bread for all!” (The ultimate welfare state)
But Jesus is interested in healing hearts, so He says to the crowd: “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.” The bread that Jesus made was a sign to point to the ultimate bread, himself, the bread of life.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
This is one of the most moving passages in all of scripture, in my mind.
The hunger that we feel for bread and the sustenance that it gives us is a picture to us of what Jesus is to our souls, our true selves. Without Him, we spiritually starve. There is NO true life apart from Him.
Every physical glory is a sign to point you to the only glory that will ever satisfy!
Tripp said, what if I packed up my family and told them we were going to Disney World, but then when we were about 100 miles away and saw our first sign, we got out of the car and had our vacation around the sign? Is the sign any place to stay? The thing the sign is pointing toward is so much more than the sign. The sign gives us a small picture, a small idea of what the reality is like.
Everything in this world that gives us a fleeting sense of pleasure or purpose is sign to point us to the ultimate fulfillment, Christ Himself.