Don't Waste Your Life

2011 Ligonier Conference


In this 57-minute session from the 2011 Ligonier National Conference, John Piper exhorts all believers to not waste your life on trivial pursuits, instead living in such a way that points to the riches of the glory of God in Christ. John is Chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He is founder of Desiring God Ministries and has authored numerous books including Future Grace and Don't Waste Your Life.


John noted that the God-exalting purpose of God elicits two main reactions: either exhilaration or anger. Why is it such incredibly good news that God's ultimate purpose in all things is to bring glory to Himself? Why do you think some respond to this in anger?
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John explained, "The value of God's glory is appropriately reflected back to Him in the degree to which I treasure it...God makes known the riches of his glory for our treasuring, our valuing, our enjoying." How is it that you treasure, value, and enjoy God's glory?
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What does a boredom with God and the things of God say about your heart? How can you safeguard against such boredom?
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How do you live in a way that shows God's glory in Christ as infinitely valuable? How does His glory impact the way you live, work, spend your time, and finances?
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Where have you seen joyful suffering exemplified? What opportunities has God given you to joyfully suffer in the service of love?
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Near the beginning of his message, John stated that "You don't have to know a lot of things for your life to make a huge difference...but you do need to know a few great things that really matter and be willing to die for them." Don't waste your life. Know Jesus, look to Him as the apex of God's glory in grace and embrace Him. Find your satisfaction in Him, such satisfaction that you live and die seeking to prove that He is your supreme treasure.


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