Don't Waste Your Life Chapter 4

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Don't Waste Your Life Chapter 4

"But what I know even more surely is that the greatest joy in God comes from giving His gifts away, not in hoarding them for ourselves.  It is good to work and have.  It is better to work and have in order to give.  God's glory shines more brightly when he satisfies us in times of loss than when He provides for us in times of plenty.  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 gain" (pg. 72).

John Piper's words here in chapter 4 are a great reminder that our wealth and earthly treasures are not for us to hoard but for us to give.  When we give, we are modeling our Heavenly Father who has given us so much.  Giving is a great way to test where our priorities are and where our treasure really lies. 

"Make all you can,
 Save all you can,
 Give all you can."

-John Wesley (Paraphrase)

I'd love to hear your thoughts about this section of the book and/or things that stood out to you in chapter 4.

Song That Relates: "Take My Life And Let It Be"

 

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Don't Waste Your Life Chapter 3 (Conversation Starter)

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Don't Waste Your Life Chapter 3 (Conversation Starter)

I am really enjoying the truths that John Piper is explaining in this book.  Some concepts are a little hard to grasp but nonetheless the book is encouraging.

I really enjoyed his explanation of what it means to be crucified with Christ.  To be dead to the world does not mean that we have no feelings or that we do everything we can to avoid feelings. The last paragraph is such an encouragement to me.  We are called to glorify and thank God for the blessing He puts in our lives.  This doesn't mean we pursue frivolous pleasures and pursuits but that we open our eyes to the simple blessings that God has given us and we give Him glory for His amazing display of love.  John Piper writes:

"...being dead to the world does not mean having no feelings about the world...It means that every legitimate pleasure in the world becomes a blood-bought evidence of Christ's love, and an occasion of boasting in the cross." (pg. 57).

"Therefore every enjoyment in this life and the next that is not idolatry is a tribute to the infinite value of the cross of Christ--the burning center of the glory of God.  And thus a cross-centered, cross-exalting, cross-saturated life is a God-glorifying life--the only God-glorifying life.  All others are wasted" (pg. 59).

I would love to hear thoughts from the worship team about Chapter 3.

 

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"Don't Waste Your Life" Chapter 2 (Conversation Starter)

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"Don't Waste Your Life" Chapter 2 (Conversation Starter)

The biggest takeaway I had from reading chapter 2 of this book was John Piper's reminder of Jesus being God and the fact that "in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form" (Colossians 2:9 NIV).  I love what he wrote in pages 39 and 40:

"If we would see and savor the glory of God, we must see and savor Christ.  For Christ is the 'image of the invisible God' (Colossians 1:15).  To put it another way, if we would embrace the glory of God, we must embrace the Gospel of Christ...When we embrace Christ, we embrace God.  We see and savor God's glory.  There is no savoring of God's glory if we do not see it in Christ.  This is the only window through which a sinner may see the face of God and not be incinerated"

("Don't Waste Your Life", John Piper, pg. 39, 40).

This chapter really reminded me that our worship must be unashamedly centered around Christ and the work He has done for us as believers. My prayer is that we would not be afraid to worship and proclaim the Gospel of Christ in our songs and our lives.  I pray that our homes centered around Jesus Christ. 

"...His death and resurrection are the central act of God in history"

("Don't Waste Your Life", John Piper, pg. 38).

Song that Relates:

Jesus Only Jesus

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Don't Waste Your Life Chapter 1

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Don't Waste Your Life Chapter 1

Please share your thoughts ( by clicking "Comment" tab) on things that stood out to you in the first chapter of "Don't Waste Your Life".  Here are a couple things that stood out to me that I wanted to share in order to get our conversation moving along.

I really enjoyed hearing John Piper talk about the impact C.S. Lewis had on his life.  How C.S. Lewis was able to bring "an intense sense of 'realness' of things." (pg. 18). 

Piper went on to say this about Lewis,

"He helped me see what is there in the world--things that, if we didn't have, we would pay a million dollars to have, but having them, ignore. He made me more alive to beauty.  He put my soul on notice that there are daily wonders that will waken worship if I open my eyes.  He shook my dozing soul and threw the cold water of reality in my face, so that life and God and heaven and hell broke into my world with glory and horror...The philosophical king of my generation had no clothes on, and the writer of children's books from Oxford had the courage to say so" (pg. 20).

We are surrounded by so much beauty in our every day world.  Things that we would pay millions of dollars for but never take the time to appreciate because they are part of our every day lives.  God's beauty shines all around us: in the family we live with, in the autumn trees we pass on the way to work or the stars that hang over head as we walk from our car to our front door.  When we understand that it was God who made all these things by His creative genius and power our hearts will be opened to the understanding of how worthy He is of all our love and adoration.  Creation, when seen as God's art piece, will stir us to worship the Artist. I pray that our eyes would be opened and our hearts stirred to worship the Majesty behind the masterpiece and love the Father who has given us life.

Song That Relates: Creation Cries Out

Optional questions to comment on:

What do you take for granted in life that is an incredible testimony to God's majesty?

Can you give an example of a worship song that relates in some way to what John Piper talks about in this first chapter?

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