Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Are you beavering away at work?

This week I am in a group that is looking at the chapter, "Making much of Christ from 8 to 5", from John Piper's book, Don't waste your life.

I like the following paragraph. He points out that beavers are diligent, industrious, purposeful, skilful, and "subdue the earth". How are we different?

No beaver or bee or hummingbird or ant consciously relies on God. No beaver ponders the divine pattern of order and beauty and makes a moral choice to pursue excellence because God is excellent. No beaver ever pondered the preciousness and purpose of God and decided for God’s sake to make a dam for another beaver and not for himself. But humans have all these potentials, because we are created in God’s image. We are created to image forth God in these ways. When God commissions us to subdue the earth—to shape it and use it—he doesn’t mean do it like a beaver. He means do it like a human, a morally self-conscious person who is responsible to do his work intentionally for the glory of his Maker.
John Piper, Don't waste your life, page 140.

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