John Piper and Reach Records have collaborated to unashamedly call people to make good use of their brief time on earth. Don’t Waste Your Life is the mantra this movement has been advanced under. Over the first few days of my summer break I have been enjoying both the book and the song that go by this title as well. My time with these has gotten me thinking. Not only do I want to live an unwasted life, but, as this summer is part of my life, I don’t want to waste my summer either. Because an unwasted summer is only one part of an unwasted life.
So, what exactly does an unwasted summer look like?
An individual who uses their summer to pursue the end that God has predestined them for does not waste their summer. God has saved Christians in order to conform them to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). The main purpose in the life of a Christian is to glorify God, and one way they do that is through becoming more like Jesus. This doesn’t happen by accident.
Becoming like Jesus isn’t easy. But, through the means that God has provided, it is possible. One of the primary means by which a Christian becomes more like Christ is through reading the Bible. “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth,” is the prayer Jesus prayed for all of his disciples. Christians are made like Christ by reading Christ’s words. Just as becoming like Jesus doesn’t happen by accident, neither does reading the Bible happen by accident – it takes intentionality.
For the Christian, an unwasted summer is one spent in pursuit of that end for which God has saved Christians – to become like Christ so that Christ will be praised. This is done through intentionally beholding the glory of Christ in the gospel as presented in the Bible.
Christian, don’t waste your summer; instead, be intentional, behold Christs glory through purposefully meeting with God in His word daily. If you do that, you will not have wasted your summer. And hey, who knows? Perhaps an unwasted summer could be the launching pad of an unwasted life.