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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Don't Waste Your Life

Don't Waste Your Life

John Piper (Author)
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Crossway Books (January 31, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1433506327

Point: This one life you have to live is much bigger than the American dream. In short, if you do not seek to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, you will lose.

Path: Piper exhorts believers through his own testimony, Biblical examples, the writings of Jonathan Edwards, stories from war, and a look at missions. He shows how entertainment is numbing our mind and how an 8-5 job can bring glory to God.

Sources: The great theologian, Jonathan Edwards, holds a prominent place in this work, as well as nearly every other by Piper. He also quotes from Ralph Winter, C.S. Lewis, B.B. Warfield, and Bunyan.

Agreement: Piper is right on as he evaluates the pathetic life purpose of most evangelicals today. We aspire to meaningless, shallow, trite pleasures which hold no candle to the blazing glory of God. His question demands serious reflection  - will my life be wasted?

Personal Application: What in my life is done out of self ambition, self pleasure, or self preservation? Too much! My life will be a waste unless I consciously seek to lay it down in the pursuit of knowing and loving my Savior. My life purpose is reflected in how I spend my money, how I use my time, how I think of others, and how I work each day.

(Note: nearly all of Pipers books are available for PDF download here)

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Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philippians 3:8)