Monday, January 4, 2010

Piper and Rainy Days

I spent this morning pumped and ready for my first two classes of Winter Quarter 2010! After 25 minutes in the parking lot, I finally found a parking spot and dashed to my class, knowing I'd be a little late. Fortunately, since it's the first day, the teacher was just going around the circle inquiring about how much dance experience each of us had. After the brief "getting to know you" session she informed us we were done for the day. That's supposed to be a 2 hour class. And then I have an hour before my next class. So I ended up having 2 1/2 hours before my next class (which is now in 10 minutes).

The ever-present rain made me want to just curl up with a book and--glory be--I had packed my Bible and Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper along with my school paraphernalia. So I spent a good hour and a half with Mister Piper discovering what it means to live for Jesus at work. Let me share the conclusion with you...
Secular work is not a waste when we make much of Christ from 8 to 5. God's will in this age is that his people be scattered like salt and light in all legitimate vocations. His aim is to be known, because knowing him is life and joy. He does not call us out of the world. He does not remove the need to work. He does not destroy society and culture. Through his scattered saints he spreads a passion for supremacy in all things for the joy of all peoples. If you work like the world, you will waste your life, no matter how rich you get. But if your work provides a web of redemptive relationships and becomes an adornment for the Gospel of of the glory of Christ, your satisfaction will last forever, and God will be exalted in your joy.

1 comment:

  1. LOVE IT. i had to read that for school a couple months ago, but i read it way too fast. and that quote made me want to go back and read it again. :)