Chap. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Those sins you are not merely to resist, you’re to run. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Your spiritual life depends on how you run. How can you avoid wasting your life spiritually? Two lives, driven by one great passion, namely, to be spent in unheralded service to the perishing poor for the glory of Jesus Christ—even two decades after most of their American counterparts had retired to throw away their lives on trifles. If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full. God inspired this passage with an answer to that question, especially for younger people, but with application to all of us. You just have to know a few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things, and be set on fire by them. Or if you could just have a good job with a good wife, or husband, and a couple of good kids and a nice car and long weekends and a few good friends, a fun retirement, and a quick and easy death, and no hell—if you could have all that (even without God)—you would be satisfied. Paul Washer 11 years ago. Don’t waste your life. You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. And the image in this text is that those who are Christlike are beautiful in God’s sight and are valuable and useful to the Master who owns the house and owns everyone in it. Jesus is superior to every kind of rule, authority, and dominion that you will find in any culture, any nation, among any people, anywhere in the world. 2 Timothy 2:19-22 (NASB95)19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.” 20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Flee from them! Don’t Waste Your Life. We’re on a mission to change that. For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30 foot trawler, play softball and collect shells.” At first, when I read it I thought it might be a joke. For those of you in this room who are followers of Jesus and have repented and believed the gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone – our passage goes on to say there’s more required to be a truly useful vessel for our Master. But I know that not everybody in this crowd wants their life to make a difference. Look at the Book. That is a tragedy in the making. and in thy name done many wonderful works? If you do a word search on the word “cleansed” in the NT, you’ll find that in virtually every occurrence, it is the Lord who does the cleansing. So how does our Lord and Savior cleanse us? paper) ISBN 10: 1-58134-498-8 1. No, that is not a tragedy. - Don’t see how far you can go, or how close you can get, see how far away you can get from those things. There are some vessels that are like the fine china your mother might have on display or that she might use to serve guests of honor or for special occasions in honor of the Master. In this best-selling book, John Piper makes a passionate plea to the next generation to avoid the dangers of a wasted life, calling us to take risks and make sacrifices that matter for eternity — with a single, soul-satisfying passion for the glory of God that seeks to make much of him in every sphere of our lives. If you want your life to count, if you want the ripple effect of the pebbles you drop to become waves that reach the ends of the earth and roll on for centuries and into eternity, you don’t have to have a high IQ or a high EQ. Daily devotional with John Piper. You will not waste your life … Oh, that God would help me waken in you a single passion for a single great reality that would unleash you, and set you free from small dreams, and send you, for the glory of Christ, into all the spheres of secular life and to all the peoples of the earth.’ (Don’t Waste Your Life, p. 45-48), I want you to look again at the end of verse 21, which has the phrase I want to focus on and I earnestly pray will be our heart’s desire to be “Useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.”. We’re on a mission to change that. This is not … about how to avoid a wounded life, but how to avoid a wasted life … Please know that I am praying for you, whether you are a student dreaming something radical for your life, or whether you are retired and hoping not to waste the final years … Remember, you have one life. - Don’t ask what can I get away with before I cross the line into sin, ask “how pure can I be? Single all her life, she poured it out for one great thing: to make Jesus Christ known among the unreached, the poor, and the sick. Such desires in the context may be: - Desires to avoid hardship, a life of ease (see 2:3), - Entangling in the affairs of the world (2:4), - Not to follow rules of authorities (2:5), - Lack of diligence or study of God’s Word (2:15), - Worldliness instead of godliness (v. 16), the verse talks about the empty talk of the world, profane and idle babblings, irreverent or ungodly talk of youth culture, - Chapter 3:2 may give some further examples of the youthful desires or temptations “lovers of self” (our society runs toward self-love and self-focus - you must run away! We are not only to run from ungodliness with all our might, we are also to run just as hard to godliness. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. He is author of. Questions and answers with John Piper. How can we avoid being wasteful with our lives and instead by Useful to the Master? Maybe you don’t care very much whether you make a lasting difference for the sake of something great. See my shells.” That is a tragedy. The opposite of the word “useful” is of course, the word “useless” – a synonym for “wasted.” How can you avoid being useless to God? There’s another striking passage that also has those same key words: “name” “Lord” “know” “depart” “iniquity”. Solid Joys. FLEE YOUTHFUL DESIRES! All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Ask Pastor John. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their thirty foot trawler, playing softball and collecting shells.”, That’s a tragedy. If you want your life to count, if you want the ripple effect of the pebbles you drop to become waves that reach the ends of the earth and roll on for centuries and into eternity, you don’t have to have a high IQ or a high EQ.