Here are ten quotes from Joe Rigney’s great book, The Things of Earth. All italics are his. At the bottom you can find other books in my “Ten Quotes” series.
Creaturely limitations are not defects to be overcome.
A right heart, a holy heart consists in valuing and treasuring things appropriately.
The loss of good gifts, whether willingly given up in the cause of love or painfully taken in some tragedy, is a test of where our ultimate treasure truly lies.
A mind set on the things above [Colossians 3:1-4:6) spends an awful lot of time thinking about things on the earth. Family, neighbors, church, job, earthly responsibilities-the person governed by heavenly things intentionally and deliberately considers and engages them. The heavenly mind-set is profoundly earthly, but it is fundamentally oriented by the glory of Christ.
Idolatry begins with with a false separation of gift and giver.
Demons love to depict God as miserly.
Biblical self-denial is always the giving up a lesser, legitimate joy for the sake of a greater one.
Biblical self-denial is glad-hearted…[it] cannot be gloomy. [Rigney then quotes II Corinthians 12:15 where Paul says, “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.”]
Open handed generosity flows from glad-hearted reception.
We ought not to give reluctantly. We ought not to give under compulsion. We ought to give cheerfully, gladly, willingly. There is a qualitative element to our giving that must be present. The absence of this quality ruins the gift.
Death takes away our earthly delights, and then resurrection restores them in spades. Nothing good will ever be finally lost. It not just that all the best joys here point to joys there, but that many of the best joys will actually be there, only glorified, transfigured and heightened beyond our imagination.