You’re On the Planet to Make God Look Good

Piper: Everything in your life, everything you say, everything you think, everything you feel, everything you do, all the relationships you have, have to do with God. One of the great things about preaching in the same church for 27 years (this was in 2007) is that the mission of the church and the mission of the preacher tend to merge. And the mission goes like this: I exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things, for the joy of all peoples, through Jesus Christ.

So, when I say, „Everything you say, everything you do, everything you think, everything you feel, all the relationships you have have to do with God, I have something way more specific in mind than just ‘have to do with God’. I believe that God has ordained your existence, and everything you do, and say, and think and feel, and all the relationships  you have, have ordained those so they would make God look good.

You’re on the planet in order to say things, do things, think things, feel things, be in relationships in such a way as to make Jesus Christ  look like He really is, namely SUPREMELY VALUABLE. That is the mission statement of my life, I would like it to be the mission statement of everybody’s life

And, you should ask, „Do I devote my life, and I mean, down to the details. Do I devote the way I study, what I eat, what I drink, what I wear, how I do my hair, what movies I watch, what websites I go to and how long I stay there, what car I drive, where I live, how I do my work, where I work, what jokes I tell and like to hear, what kind of language I use, who my friends are, why, how I spent all my leisure time.” Are you asking how all those things do that, how all those things spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things, for the joy of all peoples?

How do I do all those things so that I make Christ look really great? So that I do them in a way that communicates ‘He is more valuable to me than all those things, than anything else?

VIDEO by DGJohnPiper from the message „Don’t Waste Your Life” September 19, 2007 (Photo above via thepraiseandworshipconnection.blogspot.com)

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In Limba Romana:

English:

David Mathis: John is freshly back from a month of travels in the month of May. We are recording this on Wednesday, May 30th. He has just returned from being in Louisville at the Gospel Coalition meetings and he was in Europe for the earlier part of the month. So, John, you first went to Romania. Can you give us any highlights from that time in Romania, in Bucharest?

John Piper: Yeah, Bucharest, not Budapest. Don’t make the mistake that Michael Jackson did, when he stood up in front of thousands of people and said, „I love Budapest”, and everybody groaned,… the wrong place, so, I tried not to make that mistake. It was wonderful. Each of these stops was wonderful. To meet the friends who love God’s sovereignty. You know, I make these travels because I exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things, so, to have 750 younger and older people from Baptist, Brethren and Pentecostal, that’s the Alliance of Evangelicals there; that they can get together and talk about „God is the Gospel”, made me fall in love with that glorious truth all over again and to see among them a significant percentage of younger pastors, who you would  put in this category of young, restless, reformed types, I suppose, who love the Gospel, love mission, love church planting, and love God’s supremacy in the way He saves sinners, and so they were eager to hear more about that.

The highlight probably was the last night in, I think it’s called „The Palace Hall”, where Ceausescu, the dictator, has given his speeches of deification and stood before 4,500 communists to say, „We’re great in our communism”, then have him fall precipitously in December of 1989, swept away by a crowd of people, who pushed into the place where he was giving the speech; helicopters out, the pilot conspiring landed in a place he didn’t want to land, he’s arrested five days later, they shoot him in the head and he’s dead and communism is over. And, what was so moving is that the older people there could remember seeing that hall filled with communists, clapping in their rhythmical way, to say „Yes” to this dictator and to have me stand there, in the very place where he stood and have the place filled 20 minutes early with 4,500 people. Another 500, probably standing in the aisles, standing in the halls, just to hear a Christian pastor talk about „Don’t waste your life”.

So, I got shivers standing there, thinking, „This is just emblematic of what God does. He raises up kings, He puts down kings, He advances His gospel”. We should be encouraged , I think, about what’s happening in eastern Europe and pray that God would breathe on it, that in that dominantly orthodox land, the Gospel of free grace with the exaltation of Jesus Christ in His finished work would spread mightily.

Then Piper continues talking about his stop in Geneva, Switzerland and Hamburg, Germany. You can listen to the audio here – http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/behind-the-blog-with-john-piper

Video of the week – A graduation message: Make a difference with your life (John Piper from Passion 2000)

listen to the audio here.

Galatians 6:14

But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by a few great things. If you want your life to count, if you want the ripple effect of the pebbles you drop to become waves that reach the ends of the earth and roll on for centuries and into eternity, you don’t have to have a high IQ or EQ; you don’t have to have to have good looks or riches; you don’t have to come from a fine family or a fine school. You have to know a few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things, and be set on fire by them.But I know that not everybody in this crowd wants your life to make a difference. There are hundreds of you – you don’t care whether you make a lasting difference for something great, you just want people to like you. If people would just like you, you’d be satisfied. Of if you could just have good job with a good wife and a couple good kids and a nice car and long weekends and a few good friends, a fun retirement, and quick and easy death and no hell – if you could have that (minus God) – you’d be satisfied. THAT is a tragedy in the making.Three weeks ago we got word at our church that Ruby Eliason and Laura Edwards had both been killed in Cameroon. Ruby was over 80. Single all her life, she poured it out for one great thing: To make Jesus Christ known among the unreached, the poor, and the sick. Laura was a widow, a medical doctor, pushing 80 years old, and serving at Ruby’s side in Cameroon. The brakes failed, the car went over the cliff, and they were both killed instantly. And I asked my people: was that a tragedy? Two lives, driven by one great vision, spent in unheralded service to the perishing poor for the glory of Jesus Christ—two decades after almost all their American counterparts have retired to throw their lives away on trifles in Florida or New Mexico. No. That is not a tragedy. That is a glory.I tell you what a tragedy is. I’ll read to you from Reader’s Digest (Feb. 2000, p. 98) what a tragedy is: „Bob and Penny… took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30 foot trawler, play softball and collect shells.” The American Dream: come to the end of your life – your one and only life – and let the last great work before you give an account to your Creator, be „I collected shells. See my shells.” THAT is a tragedy. And people today are spending billions of dollars to persuade you to embrace that tragic dream. And I get forty minutes to plead with you: don’t buy it.Don’t waste your life. (TO SEE THE ENTIRE 38 MINUTE video click here)

Don’t waste your life. It is so short and so precious. I grew up in a home where my father spent himself as an evangelist to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. He had one consuming vision: Preach the gospel. There was a plaque in our kitchen for all my growing up years. Now it hangs in our living room. I have looked at it almost daily for about 48 years. It says, „Only one life, twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

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Don’t waste your life, John Piper (video) si cartea

* Citeste  cartea  ‘Nu-ti risipi viata’ in  limba  Romana, autorul   John Piper, traducere Mihai Damian.  (117 pagini)

* Read – ‘Don’t waste your life’ in the English language  (192 pages)

Cartea – Nu-ti risipi viata, autor John Piper – Don’t waste your life – English/Romanian online book

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TRADUCEREA: MIHAI DAMIAN, 2005   din PREFAŢĂ:
Pentru creştini şi necreştini.
Biblia spune: “Voi nu sunteţi ai voştri? Căci aţi fost cumpăraţi cu un preţ. Proslăviţi dar pe Dumnezeu în trupul şi în duhul vostru, care sunt ale lui Dumnezeu” (1 Corinteni 6:19-20). Am scris această carte pentru a vă ajuta să gustaţi dulceaţa acestor cuvinte, în loc să le consideraţi amare sau plictisitoare.
Oricine ai fi, tu te găseşti într-una din următoarele două categorii: Sau eşti creştin, sau Dumnezeu te cheamă acum să devii creştin. N-ai fi ajuns să citeşti această carte dacă Dumnezeu n-ar fi deja la lucru în viaţa ta.
Dacă eşti creştin, nu mai eşti al tău. Hristos te-a cumpărat cu preţul vieţii sale. Acum aparţii de două ori lui Dumnezeu: El te-a făcut, şi El te-a cumpărat. Asta înseamnă că viaţa ta nu mai este a ta. Este a lui Dumnezeu. De aceea, spune Biblia, “Proslăveşte pe Dumnezeu în trupul tău.” Pentru asta te-a făcut Dumnezeu. Pentru asta te-a cumpărat Dumnezeu. Acesta este înţelesul, scopul vieţii tale.
Dacă nu eşti încă un creştin, iată ce îţi oferă Isus Hristos: să aparţii de două ori lui Dumnezeu, şi să poţi împlini scopul pentru care ai fost creat. Poate că nu ţi se pare prea grozav acest lucru. A-L proslăvi, sau a-L glorifica, pe Dumnezeu poate nu în-seamnă mare lucru pentru tine. Acesta este motivul pentru care în primele două capitole îţi spun istoria mea, pe care o intitulez “Creat pentru bucurie.” ******** Nu mi-a fost întotdeauna clar faptul că a căuta slava lui Dumnezeu înseamnă de fapt a-mi căuta propria bucurie a vieţii ******. Acum văd însă că milioane de oameni îşi risipesc vieţile fiindcă consideră aceste lucruri ca fiind două lucruri distincte, separate, nu unul singur.
Există şi un avertisment. Calea bucuriei de a-L înălţa pe Dumnezeu te va costa propria viaţă. Isus a spus, “Oricine îşi va pierde viaţa din pricina Mea şi din pricina Evangheliei, o va mântui.” Cu alte cuvinte, este mai bine să-ţi pierzi viaţa decât s-o risipeşti. Dacă dăruieşti cu bucurie pentru a-i face pe alţii bucuroşi în Dumnezeu, viaţa ta va fi grea, riscurile vor fi mari, şi bucuria ta va fi deplină. Aceasta nu este o carte despre cum să eviţi să fii rănit în viaţă, ci despre cum să eviţi să-ţi risipeşti viaţa. Unii din voi veţi muri slujindu-L pe Hristos. Asta nu va fi o tragedie. Tragedia este să-ţi preţuieşti mai mult viaţa decât pe Hristos.

Te rog să înţelegi că eu mă rog pentru tine, indiferent dacă eşti un student care visează pentru propria-i viaţă o schimbare fundamentală, sau un pensionar care nădăj-duieşte să nu-şi risipească anii din urmă. Dacă te interesează cum şi ce mă rog, citeşte Capitolul 10. Aceea este rugăciunea mea.
Deocamdată, îi mulţumesc lui Dumnezeu pentru tine. Bucuria mea creşte cu orice suflet care caută slava lui Dumnezeu pe faţa lui Isus Hristos. Aminteşte-ţi, ai o singură viaţă. Doar una. Ai fost creat pentru Dumnezeu. Nu-ţi risipi viaţa.
31 martie 2003
John Piper

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