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Don't Waste Your Life Paperback – May 16, 2003
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This book is a passionate call for this generation to make their lives count for eternity. John Piper acknowledges that the risks for those who seek to accomplish something in life--risks in relationships for the sake of righteousness and authenticity, risks with money for the cause of the Gospel, and risks in witnessing to the truth and beauty of Christ. Readers will find their passion for the cross of Christ enlarged as a result of reading this book.
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Piper cites Luke 21:16-18 in which Jesus says, "Some of you will be put to death. You will be hated by all for my name's sake, but not a hair on your head will perish." The ambiguity of this statement is explored at length and Piper concludes - you may suffer, you may die, but Jesus meant that "You will have everything you need to do his will and be eternally and supremely happy in him."
Piper questions the daily life of Christians who live comfortably and securely. He paraphrases scripture: "Even sinners work hard, avoid gross sin, watch TV at night, and do fun stuff on the weekend. What more are you doing than others?"
Here are a couple of other quotes to whet your appetite for this book:
"Missions is not only crucial for the life of the world. It is crucial for the life of the church. We will perish with our wealth if we do not pour ourselves out in ministries of mercy at home and mission among the unreached peoples."
"We exist to spread a passion for God's supremacy in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ."
This book is dangerous. It will challenge you to change, to take risks to live completely for Christ.
The lessons this book teaches apply to all walks of life, and all stages of your life. Whether you are 10 years old, 90 years young, or anywhere else along the way, this book will give you a new perspective on the days you have left.
Perhaps most importantly, this book does not leave you with guilt about the mistakes you may have made in your life. Instead, it motivates you to live the rest of your life completely sold out for God.
As Piper hammers home, when you live this way "God will be most glorified in you. And you will be most satisfied in him."
Piper says that anything not done for the primary goal of praising and prizing Christ is a waste of life.
There is also a final challenge about the majesty of Christ in missions, that some will want to make a second career of cross-cultural evangelism, though he acknowledges that we can help fulfill the Great Commission wherever we are.
Terrific and inspiring work from John Piper.