John Piper says "Don’t Waste Your Cancer"!

John Piper had surgery on Tuesday to remove a cancerous prostate. The surgery went well and Dr. Piper is now recovering (for more details click here). But the night before his surgery Dr. Piper wrote an article titled “Don’t Waste Your Cancer!” This article is available in its entirety by clicking here. Below is a summary of the ten major statements that make up the article. This article is both a challenge and a blessing. Piper is living what he preaches and that is in itself both a challenge and a blessing! I pray that God will allow me to face suffering in my life with a similar attitude.
  1. You will waste your cancer if you do not believe it is designed for you by God.
  2. You will waste your cancer if you believe it is a curse and not a gift.
  3. You will waste your cancer if you seek comfort from your odds rather than from God.
  4. You will waste your cancer if you refuse to think about death.
  5. You will waste your cancer if you think that “beating” cancer means staying alive rather than cherishing Christ.
  6. You will waste your cancer if you spend too much time reading about cancer and not enough time reading about God.
  7. You will waste your cancer if you let it drive you into solitude instead of deepen your relationships with manifest affection.
  8. You will waste your cancer if you grieve as those who have no hope.
  9. You will waste your cancer if you treat sin as casually as before.
  10. You will waste your cancer if you fail to use it as a means of witness to the truth and glory of Christ.

(HT: Justin Taylor)

4 comments

  1. I acknowledge the power of the statement. I also acknowledge that I hope I never have any cancer to waste.

    Excellent Posts

    JRush

  2. Thanks for posting this Steve. I pray that God is glorified during this time. Piper doesn’t seem to want to waste time for that to happen. Amen!

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