It is possible to waste your life. Few things make me tremble more than the possibility of taking this onetime gift of life and wasting it… And now I am almost 58, and the river of life is spilling over the falls of my days with tremendous speed. More and more I smell eternity. And oh, how I want to use my life well. It is so short and so fragile and so final. You get one chance to live your life. And then the judgment. John Piper, 2003 Campus Crusade Conference
Now that we’ve shared the SixtyFeet story with a number of people, we’ve had the opportunity to see a variety of reactions. Here are a few that we’ve shared in previous posts.
In our experience, people generally have one of three reactions though. Some people just flat out think we’re nuts. Others are deeply convicted and truly desire to step out in faith and take action (maybe with SixtyFeet or with some other ministry that God has called them to). We love to see faithful followers of Christ activated into sacrificial service for God’s glory. We pray we see a lot more of that!
Then there are others who are moved by the plight of the children but are not prepared to respond or take action. For whatever reason, folks in this group (including professing Christians) are not at a place where they are ready to step out and serve (whether it’s with SixtyFeet or elsewhere).
Admittedly, we don’t know all the circumstances. There may be medical, personal or financial issues preventing someone from service in the Kingdom at a particular point. However, we’ve seen Christians fully capable of giving time, treasure or talent but who choose not to in order to pursue other endeavors.
We confess this is hard to watch. I mean, how many times does Jesus warn us to beware of the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of wealth? We read about it repeatedly in the Gospels. Jesus challenges us over and over again to consider how we are living our lives in light of God’s grace and mercy towards us. Yet many of us continue to chase worldly treasures as if they mean something. In our distorted reality, they appear valuable but soon (and very soon) we will appreciate with crystal clarity their true value (or lack thereof).
So we should all be on guard. The cares of this world can be truly suffocating. Luke 8:7, 14. It’s sad how easily tempted we are to pursue them when infinite joy is staring us in the face. As C.S. Lewis put it, we are far too easily amused.
God grants us this life to magnify Him. Don’t waste it. Seek His kingdom and righteousness. Pursue Him with fervor and vigor. Worship Him with every ounce of your being. Serve Him and His people. Be willing to sacrifice everything for Him. At the end of your days, you will have magnified Christ and we promise that is a life worth living!
Treasuring life above Christ is a tragedy. John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life!