Purpose of this Book and Summary
The main purpose for which John Piper wrote this book was to help Christians and non Christians to not waste their lives (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). John Piper wants all people to know the purpose for which they were created and to live for it. Furthermore, John Piper tells us that we belong to God; we do not belong to ourselves because God bought us at a price. It is not all about how to avoid a wounded life but how to avoid a wasted life.
The Bible is crystal-clear: God created us for his glory. Thus says the Lord “Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by name, whom I created for my glory” (Isaiah 43:6-7). Life is wasted when we do not live for the glory of God. The Bible says that, you can give away all that you have and deliver your body to be burned and have not love (1 Corinthians: 13:3). If you don’t point people to God for everlasting joy, you don’t love. You waste your live. The opposite of wasting life, is the living life by a single God-exalting, soul-satisfying passion. The well-lived life must be God-exalting and soul-satisfying because that is why God created us (Isaiah 43:7; Psalm 90:14).
Oh, how many lives are wasted by people who believe that the Christian live means simply avoiding badness and providing for family. So, there is no adultery, no stealing, no killing, no embezzlement, no fraud, just lots of hard work during the day, and lots of television and videos, and lots of fun stuff on the weekend, woven around church (mostly). This is life fore millions of people. Wasted life. We are created for more, far more
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