…every good thing — indeed, even every bad thing that God turns for good — was obtained for us by the cross of Christ. Apart from faith in Christ, sinners get only judgment. Yes, there are many pleasant things that come to unbelievers. But the Bible teaches that even these natural blessings of life will only increase the severity of God’s judgment in the end, if they are not received with thanks on the basis of Christ’s sufferings (Romans 2:4-5).
Therefore, everything that we enjoy, as people who trust Christ, is owing to his death. His suffering absorbed all the judgment that guilty sinners deserved and purchased all the good that forgiven sinners enjoy. Therefore all our bosating in these things should be a boasting in the cross of Christ….
And how do we become that radically cross-focused? We must awaken to the truth that when Christ died on the cross, we died…. When this happened to the apostle Paul, he said, “The world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14).
-from Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper. You can get this book for free online.