Friday, November 12, 2010

War Time Living

I just finished listening to John Piper's Don't Waste Your Life, which is November's free download from christianaudio. If you haven't gotten it yet, do it now. It’s Piper doing what Piper does best; bringing conviction and proclaiming the glories of Christ to everyone who hears.

Think about it. When you reach the end of your life, will you look back mourning the realization that your life was in fact wasted? Is there anything that you have accomplished with any eternal significance? Was your life spent on toys and pleasure? Did family and friends come first? Is there any thing that would even suggest that your love for Jesus was preeminent in your life and affections?

Wow, these questions hit kind of hard don't they?
Well the good news is, if you're reading this then it isn't too late to make a difference. One of the points that Piper brings up is war time living.

Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. (2 Tim. 2:3-4)

Soldiers have a job to do. They have their orders and they must be carried out. Their personal desires have no place in any of this. They must be all about the task they have been given.

Paul is the epitome of the good soldier. He lived with such singularity of purpose, that he never strayed from his task in any situation. He served Christ always. His life was lived in such a way that every action was utilized in advancing his goal. Frequently he encouraged others to remember and follow his example. Would you feel comfortable telling others to act like you?

I have to ask myself, am I living like someone who has placed all his hope in Christ? Am I trusting in Him alone or am I boasting in myself? How much am I foolishly relying on myself instead of seeking all in God? Am I giving him all the glory or do I sometimes seek praise for myself? What do others see me doing?

Am I even trying to live with the intention of bringing glory to Christ? Or am I so distracted with the things of this world that perish with the using? So entangled with possessions and goals that have nothing to do with my Lord?

I may not be much of a soldier but that doesn't lessen my orders. The mission remains, I just haven't started yet.

Is today that day? (Heb 3:7)
Or will I one day look back upon a wasted life?

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