“We waste our lives when we do not pray and think and dream and plan and work toward magnifying God in all spheres of life. God created us to live our lives in a way that makes Him look more like the greatness and the beauty
-John Piper

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I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast inJesus Christ
His death and resurrection

(from “how deep the father’s love for us”
by stuart townend
)

this past sunday i preached from james 1:9-11. in doing so i referenced the word of the lord in
jeremiah 9: 23-24
Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom,
let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man
boast in his riches, butlet him who boasts boast in this, that
he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices
steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these
things I delight, declares the LORD.”

and jesus’ words in matt. 6:20-21
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust destroys and where
thieves do not break in and steal. For where your
treasure is, there your heart will be also.

today i ran across this comic over at desiring god

ive never seen a dragon, but i have seen many people who have spent their entire lives chasing after things that they cannot keep. whether they lose their job, the stock market crashes, they loose everything in a housefire, or they live to be 100 with everything in tact, they will loose it all.

the reason is, once we close our eyes for the last time, once we are put in a box and covered with dirt, we will not own anything.

the only way not to waste our lives is by investing them into the one thing that we will never loose and will always be valuable- the gospel of jesus christ.

that is why scripture encourages us to rejoice even in times of trouble and to boast in jesus christ!

how much time do you spend boasting in your redemption and you redeemer?

it has been 7 days and 168 hours since this time last week. how many of those hours did you spend BOASTING in christ?

not simply being happy or glad that you are saved, but BOASTING in the cross of christ and what was accomplished there.

we boast in things that are dear to our heart, things we think about often. things we are consumed with: favorite sports teams, favorite authors, restaurants, movies, etc.
we want other people to know about and experience and enjoy those things to the degree we do.

so why do we not spend the majority of our time “boasting” boasting about christ?

i highly recommend this book  that addresses this very issue and has very helpful, practical, and encouraging steps to fostering a life not wasted. you can buy it here or read it for free online here.

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