John Piper – One Life Don’t Waste It (new)

from the Campus Outreach National Conference December 31,2011.

Here is Part One of this message – One Life, Enjoy it.

God has given us one life to live in this age. There is no place in God’s plan for reincarnation or for you to get the chance to do it again. You’re born, you live, you die and that life defines your eternity. Heaven and hell foloow, in a straight line from what you’ve made of this life And that’s it!

You waste your life if you don’t bring it in sync with God’s purpose for you. I am focusing on three purposes:

  1. The reason you exist: God made you for His glory. That is, He made you to put Him on display by the way you live and you think and the way you feel. Isaiah 43:7, 1 Cor. 10:31, 1 Cor. 6:19, Phil. 1:19.
  2. The reason you exist: He made you for joy. Jesus said, „I have spoken these things to you that My joy might be in you and your joy might be full”. It is just amazing to hear the Son of God tell you that. STUNNING! „I have come. I speak, I live, I die, that my joy, that is the joy of my Father, that is infinitely powerful, never ending, might be in you and therefore your joy might be explosively FULL! That is why you’re on the planet. To be happy in God. In His presence, in His fullness of joy at His right hand are pleasures forever more. You’re called into His presence by creation. You’re called into His presence by redemption and in His presence it is full and it is forever. You can’t increase FULL. You can’t increase FOREVER. JOY is why you’re made. It’s AMAZING! And, the point last night was that these two aren’t alternatives. These two aren’t even in competition. These two are one. That you live for God’s glory and that you be happy in God are one because God is made to look good when you are most satisfied in Him than in anything else. So, if you’re not satisfied in God, you’re making Him look bad, which means you’re not doing what He created you to do.
  3. The reason you exist: He created you to love other people; to do them good. What’s GOOD? To include them in what you’ve experienced. They need to glorify God and be happy in God, ultimately.

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