Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper


When I pick up this book, I didn’t know what to expect.  Would it be the same like the other books that I reviewed here before?  That’s exactly what I thought, another book filled with encouragement, and life lessons.

This one talks about your relationship with God.  There’s a good amount of Christians who thought that once you established a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and accepted Him as your only Lord and Savior, that that’s the end of it.  There’s nothing else to do.  We’ll just go on with our normal routine.  Go to work, go to school, drop the kids, play some sports, attend the Sunday service and repeat again.  Save for retirement, and hopefully we’ll retire comfortably.  Doing the things what we always dream of.  Traveling, golfing, or sailing around the world.

Once you become a Christian, it doesn’t end there.  It’s actually the beginning of a journey.  A journey by sharing the love of Christ through preaching the gospel to every nation and to every corners in the world and most importantly by living it. Whether it be sharing with your peers and friends, or becoming a missionary or going to missions. In fact we are commanded by Jesus Christ Himself which has become known as the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20).

The author made an illustration on what a wasted life is.  He gave this example of a couple who retired, got a sailboat and traveled around the world collecting sea shells.  When the time came to finally see God face to face and God ask them what they’ve done in their entire lives – collecting sea shells.  What would you think God’s reaction would be?

In some way this book also provides an encouragement and inspiration for those who have the passion and desire to preach or share the gospel. Also finding glory in Christ alone regardless of what your situation is.

Sometimes it could be discouraging sharing the gospel.  It’s already hard being laugh, ridiculed or even mock at.  It’s even harder when you start asking yourself if you’re making any difference or you don’t see any result at all.  Due to the fact that this is only the profession in the world where you give and do everything freely out of your heart and not because of financial motivations.  This is also covered in the book on how to handle it, reminding us for a higher purpose and reason.

don't waste your life

It got me thinking as I finish reading it, what would happen if the person who shared the gospel with me choose a different path instead.  Would God find another way for me to get to know Him?  I don’t think I would be alive today given the lifestyle that I had before and that’s putting lightly.  To that I’m very grateful, that there’s an individual who cared and shared the gospel of Christ even though I hated him for it.  He persevered and never gave up on me, diligently showing me that God does care for me.

I’ll leave you with some excerpts that I find encouraging and thought-provoking.

“What you love determines what you feel shame about.”

“If we only trust Christ to give us gifts and not Himself as the all satisfying gift, then we do not trust Him in a way that honors Him as our treasure.  We simply honor the gifts.  They are what we really want, not Him.”

“The health, wealth, and prosperity “gospel” swallows up the beauty of Christ in the beauty of His gifts and turns the gifts into idols.”

“The world is not impressed when Christians get rich and say thanks to God.  They are impressed when God is so satisfying that we give our riches away for Christ’s sake and count it again.”

“No one ever said that they learned their deepest lessons of life, or had their sweetest encounters with God, on the sunny days.  People go deep with God when the drought comes.  That is the way God designed it.  Christ aims to be magnified in life most clearly by the way we experience him in our losses.”

Finish the race and do it diligently what God has called you to do.  It is not a wasted life!

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