"Don't Waste Your Life" by John Piper


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Title: Don't Waste Your Life
Author: John Piper
Start Date: 5/15/17
End Date: 7/25/17
# of Pages: 192
Edition: Crossway Books study edition paperback (2007)
ISBN: 9781581348712
Purchase: Amazon

Quick Take: passionate

Why I Chose It: I intended to read this a while ago, and a recent article reminded me to take it off the shelf.

Quotes: (1) "'When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.' Fleeing from death is the shortest path to a wasted life." (2) "Jesus said, 'If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me' (Luke 9:23). Daily Christian living is daily Christian dying." (3) "Paul puts it like this: 'Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison' (II Corinthians 4:16-17). 'Momentary' refers to a lifetime in comparison with eternity. 'Slight' refers to suffering and death compared to the weight of everlasting joy in the presence of God. This is what we gain if we hold fast to Christ. That is what we waste is we don't." (4) "The question is, do we lean toward mercy? Do we default to grace? Do we have a forgiving spirit? Without it we will walk away from need waste our lives." (5) "In other words, if we look like our lives are devoted to getting and maintaining things, we will look like the world, and that will not make Christ look great." (6) "Why don't people ask us about our hope? The answer is probably that we look as if we hope in the same things they do." (7) "You don't waste your life by where you work, but how and why." (8) "But if the discontent with your present situation is deep, recurrent, and lasting, and if that discontent grows in Bible-saturated soil, God may be calling you to a new work."

Other Notes: Piper is passionate and grounded in Scripture, and his plea that the reader understand who God is, who they are, and what they were made for (and how they can avoid wasting their life) is powerfully communicated in this short book.

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