into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because
their deeds were evil' (John 3:19). Here the issue of salvation is loving
or hating the light. Love darkness, or love light. That’s the crisis of the
soul. But what is love for darkness? It’s preferring darkness, liking darkness,
wanting darkness, running to darkness, being glad with darkness.
But all of that is what Jesus demands for himself: 'Prefer my light, like
my fellowship, want my wisdom, run to my refuge, be glad in my grace.
Above all, delight in me as a person.' Look around on all that the world
can give; then say with the apostle Paul, 'My desire is to depart and be
with Christ, for that is far better' (Phil. 1:23). That is what it means to
love Christ. And to have no love for him is to be accursed.
Surely, then, this is worth fighting for. It may feel strange at first, but
when we see what is at stake, no battle will seem more important.
Loving Christ involves delight in his Person. Without this love no one
goes to heaven. Therefore there is no more important struggle in the universe
than the struggle to see and savor Christ above all things—the
struggle for joy." John Piper in When I Don't Desire God