By John Piper
John Piper writes, "I will inform you what a tragedy is. i'm going to enable you to waste your existence. give some thought to this tale from the February 1998 Reader's Digest: a pair 'took early retirement from their jobs within the Northeast 5 years in the past whilst he used to be fifty nine and he or she was once fifty one. Now they dwell in Punta Gorda, Florida, the place they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball and gather shells. . . .' photo them ahead of Christ on the nice day of judgment: 'Look, Lord. See my shells.' that may be a tragedy. "God created us to reside with a unmarried ardour: to joyfully demonstrate his very best excellence in the entire spheres of lifestyles. The wasted lifestyles is the lifestyles with no this ardour. God calls us to wish and imagine and dream and plan and paintings to not be made a lot of, yet to make a lot of him in all the things of our lives." most folks slip by way of in existence and not using a ardour for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, residing for convenience and delight, and maybe attempting to keep away from sin. This booklet will alert you to not get stuck up in a lifestyles that counts for not anything. it is going to problem you to stay and die boasting within the go of Christ and making the glory of God your singular ardour. in case you think that to dwell is Christ and to die is achieve, learn this e-book, learn how to reside for Christ, and do not waste your lifestyles!
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We waste our lives when we do not weave God into our eating and drinking and every other part by enjoying and displaying him. What does it mean to glorify God? It may get a dangerous twist if we are not careful. Glorify is like the word beautify. But beautify usually means “make something more beautiful than it is,” improve its beauty. That is emphatically not what we mean by glorify in relation to God. God cannot be made more glorious or more beautiful than he is. He cannot be improved, “nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything” (Acts 17:25).
But you say, “Aren’t I alive? ” Well, here is a need for education. We must learn what happened to us. We must be taught these things. That is why Galatians 2:20 and Galatians 6:14 are in the Bible. God is teaching us what happened to us, so that we can know ourselves, and know his way of working with us, and exult in him and in his Son and in the cross as we ought. LINKING WITH THE DEATH AND LIFE OF CHRIST CRUCIFIED Consider Galatians 2:19-20 again. We will see that, yes, we are dead and, yes, we are alive.
Therefore every breath we take, every time our heart beats, every day that the sun rises, every moment we see with our eyes or hear with our ears or speak with our mouths or walk with our legs is, for now, a free and undeserved gift to sinners who deserve only judgment. WELCOMED MERCY OR MOUNTING WRATH? I say “for now” because if you refuse to see God in his gifts, they will turn out not to be gifts but High Court evidence of ingratitude. The Bible speaks of them first as “the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience” that point us to repentance (Romans 2:4).