After reading numerous quotes from the Don’t Waste Your Life, my interest was peaked. In October, I added it to a list of books I hoped to read and finally had time to read it a few weeks ago. I now understand why so many quotes have been taken from it; I highlighted on every few pages. Here are three truths that impacted me-
Delight in God
God is more than enough for us. Though he blesses us with innumerable good things to enjoy, our greatest enjoyment is in knowing Him alone. Not in what He can give, but in Who He is. Our one purpose is to glorify and enjoy Him. Those two ideas are connected. When we are enjoying God’s goodness, we are glorifying Him.
“He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” (I)
Showing Others God’s All-Surpassing Worth
Our lives should display the treasure we have in knowing God. One of my favorite quotes from the book was
“You don’t have to have good looks or riches or come from a fine family or a fine school. Instead you have to know a few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things-or one great all-embracing thing-and be set on fire by them.” (I)
To sum it up, we are called to live with a burning passion to glorify God and point others to the same treasure.
Have a Heart for World Missions
The last chapter convicted me the most. Though I pray that I would go to the mission field if God called me, I forgot that there are ways to engage in world missions now. All of us are called to have hearts that long to see the gospel advance in world missions and to be flooded with compassion for the lost. Wherever we are, we are to live with the bigger picture in mind; one of global outreach. Piper challenges our generation to
“fan into flame every flicker of desire by reading biographies, and meditating on scripture, and studying the unreached peoples, and praying for passion, and conversing with mission veterans. Don’t run from the call. Pursue it.” (I)
The book ends with a prayer that emphasizes our one purpose: to magnify God.
“How could I stand before the setting sun, between the mountain range and the vastness of the sea, and think that everlasting joy should come from making much of me?” (I)
(I) John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life