Don’t Waste Your Life
So what’s this book about?
The preface says “This is not a book about how to avoid a wounded life, but how to avoid a wasted life.” In short, How To Not Waste Your Life. And it explores that a lot. “The path of God-exalting joy will cost you your life. Jesus said, ‘Whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.’…It’s better to lose your life than to waste it. If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full”.
And that’s what this book is all about!
My Search for a Single Passion to Live By
Chapter 1 tells the story of him growing up, searching for what life was all about.
-“Only one life, ’twill soon be past; Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
-There is truth, a point, and purpose.
Breakthrough-the Beauty of Christ, My Joy
“God’s aim was that his people delight in him with all their heart.”
Enjoying God in everything we do shows his supreme value.
In Jonathan Edwards’ resolutions, he listed “Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I possibly can, with all the power, might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.” That resolution might make him seem like he’s a super-self-centered maniac, but in fact, when you dig deeper, you see that he saw being happy in God as the way we glorify him.
Or, in Piper’s words, “Seeking happiness in God and glorifying God were the same.”
John Piper talks about how he was stuck between whether he should live to be happy or to glorify God, until he found that “God created me-and you-to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion-namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life.”
This was one of my favorite quotes from the chapter: “God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is.”
Boasting Only in the Cross, The Blazing Center of the Glory of God
This chapter really hit me; I wrote an article for theRebelution.com with its inspiration.
“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every please and the deepest comfort in every pain.”
Our single purpose, passion, goal is to boast only in the cross, the blazing center of the glory of God.
Here’s why: without the cross, we’re only condemned. Everything we enjoy as a Christian is by the cross.
And the only place to boast in the cross is on the cross: when we become a Christian we are crucified with Christ, raised up with Christ, and now exist to live for Christ and boast in him alone.
“Therefore every enjoyment in this life and the next that is not idolatry is a tribute to the infinite value of the cross of Christ-the burning center of the glory of God. And thus a cross-centered, cross-exalting, cross-saturated life is a God-glorifying life – the only God-glorifying life. All others are wasted.”