Book Review: Don’t Waste Your Life

“God created us to live with a single passion: to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives.”  -John Piper, from Don’t Waste Your Life

Don’t Waste Your Life is written to urge believers to live their lives in such a way that at the end of our days we will not look back on our lives and think, “I’ve wasted it.” As Christians, our lives have been bought with a price, the highest of prices, with the death of Jesus Christ. And tragically we too often live our lives as though this reality is insignificant, as though the dominating factor in our lives is our comfort and happiness. We have only one life and after that comes death and resurrection. Our days on this earth should be devoted to making much of our glorious Savior in every aspect of our lives.

Piper argues from Scripture that we have been created to glorify God. He is also convinced that pursuing God’s glory is virtually the same as pursuing our own joy. This is such a key concept that he spends the first two chapters of DWYL providing readers with his own journey toward arriving at this conclusion. His story is augmented by Scripture and by thoughts from the minds of men such as Jonathan Edwards and C.S. Lewis.

The following seven chapters address what it looks like to not waste one’s life. Keeping the cross of Christ central, magnifying God through pain and suffering, glorifying God through the daily aspects of life, and taking risks with a heart that truly believes that to gain heaven we must first loose our lives are all discussed.

If we are God’s children, we have gained the greatest treasure imaginable, a treasure far greater than our small and sinful minds even have the ability to grasp. And as God’s children, we are called to live with this reality in mind. Too often we waste our lives pursuing those things that do not last, things that are temporary and earthly, things that give us some pleasure for the moment but are gone in an instant. We talk about how we have all things through Christ and that He is everything to us but so much of our actions indicate otherwise. Oh that we could truly live our lives so that everyone we come in contact with is aware of the greatness of our salvation, of the glory of our Heavenly Father!

Don’t Waste Your Life is a book for you if this is your desire. It is a book for you if you are a young person making plans for the rest of your life. It is a book for you if you are a parent raising up children to be worshipers of God. It is a book for you if you are discipling someone. It is a book for you if you are involved in any kind of ministry. It is a book for you if you are an empty nester, contemplating the last few years of your life. It is a book for you if you cannot say that if you died today your life would be a testimony to the grace of God in your life. It is a book for you if you cannot honestly say that you live your life in such a way that it reflects accurately the grace that you have received. Don’t Waste Your Life is a book for everyone.

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