Book Review: Don’t Waste Your Life

Don't Wate Your Life by John PiperJohn Piper has been the Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1980. He is the author of over 50 books, several of which have been Christian bestsellers including this one.

The core of this book comes from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, which states, “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” Very simply put, God paid a great penalty for you. Because of his literal sacrifice you should spend your time, your wealth and life serving God.

It is clear throughout this book that Piper highly respects the missionaries and pastors who dedicate their lives to fulltime service of Jesus Christ. But, he does not insist all Christians must be in fulltime ministry in order to be God honoring. He does, however, insist no matter where God has each believer that we acknowledge God placed us there for his purposes. An accountant, taxi driver, teacher, lawyer or housewife has been placed in that job, at that location, at that time in history to glorify God and spread His saving message, love and mercy.

As sinners we are well experienced in finding ways to distract us from serving God. We find countless ways to justify why our plans, our rest, and our recreation are more important than God’s design for us. We have been created by God to live only to exhibit his absolute superiority in every aspect of life. Our life is a waste if we do not, at all times, display his glory. We have been fashioned by God to work for his benefit, not to please ourselves. A Christian who does not live his life with the all-encompassing purpose to glorify God has wasted the sacrificial gift that has been given to us.

Piper’s book is a radical departure from our comfortable, twenty-first century, Western brand of Christianity. His conclusions will rock the foundations of many readers’ contented lives. But, Christ intended his gift and his message to be radical. Piper’s book is not new theology; it is a 2,000-year-old truth that many of us have consciously chosen to ignore.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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