A life wasted

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

It’s easy to do, waste your life away.  A little here, a little there and before you know it, so much time has passed that you can’t believe where you are and how much you’ve lost.  Wasted.  A moment, an hour, days.  Days lead to months and months lead to years.  In this fast paced culture, it’s so easy to get lost in things that have no eternal value.  Our smartphones are an endless source of distraction, there are always parties to attend, games to play, shopping to do…the list goes on.  But what does it all count for?

I recently read John Piper’s book, “Don’t Waste Your Life” and it had a profound impact on me.  I love one of the illustrations he used to really drive the point of his book home.  Imagine that you get to heaven and show God all you’ve done for him in this earthly life.  What does it consist of?  Will you say something like, “Well God, I went to work, came home to my family, listened to Christian radio, watched Christian movies and went to church.” I hope not! That would be a tragedy!  That would be a life wasted.

So then, what is the opposite of wasting your life?  A successful career? A big family? No debt? Fame? Fortune?  Think about some of the commands God gives believers in his Word.  Let your light shine before others. Be the salt of the earth.  Build your house upon a rock.  And perhaps the most well known, love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.  Not wasting your life means making the most of every moment God’s given you.

I’m not saying you need to be doing something every single minute of every day.  Ecclesiastes says there’s a time for everything.  Indeed, there are times when you just need to relax and do nothing.  But when that becomes your daily routine, there is an underlying problem.  1 Thessalonians 5:14 says “and we urge you brothers, admonish the idle and undisciplined”.  In Proverbs 24:33 it says “a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man”.  In Matthew 6:20 Jesus says, “lay up treasures in heaven…”  What this verse actually means is to fulfill God’s purposes while you’re here on earth.  I encourage you to think about your daily activities and seek God’s will for your life.  Perhaps you need to give up that video game habit and instead build meaningful, Godly relationships with others.  Maybe picking up your phone and perusing Facebook for an hour first thing in the morning before you get out of bed is not the best way to spend your time.  James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:19 says not to quench the spirit, which means, don’t put out His fire.  Don’t be so distracted by the things of this world that you miss opportunities to further God’s kingdom.  Glorifying God and showing others what a great and mighty God we serve should be the most important thing in your life.