In his book Don’t Waste Your Life John Piper closes the final chapter with the words:
“Take your honored place, O Christ, as the all-satisfying Treasure of the world. With trembling hands before the throne of God, and utterly dependent on your grace, we lift our voice and make this solemn vow: As God lives, and is all I ever need, I will not waste my life….through Jesus Christ, Amen.”
This kind of prayer does not come easily. It is birthed in a life that has realized how there is NO LIFE without a dynamic dependence on a personal relationship to Jesus Christ and that God has called to be in community with other believers.
Unfortunately, true Christian community in America is pretty anemic and shallow. At The Gathering Place, we gather for prayer at 6:30 PM on Wednesday. It is not just a ‘gathering’, but a place where Pastor Matt encourages us to lift our voice as one so that we encourage each other to be able to say that our life has not been wasted.