“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” - John 17:3
What does God want from you? It seems like an easy question but too often it comes with an answer much bigger than what is asked. And that’s not the way it should be.
In Unfinished: The Four Callings from Jesus That Empower and Complete Your Purpose on Earth, Steven K. Scott shares exactly what God asks of us. And it’s something that each and every one of us can do:
- achieve greater intimacy with God
- accelerate your personal growth
- empower the spiritual growth other believers
- impact the lives on nonbelievers.
This is the Christian life that Jesus asks us to live, not what the church or our neighbours ask us to live. It’s about what Jesus said in His own words.
This small book packs a big punch. Straight to the point with a lot of Scripture to back it up, this book will help you get back to the basics of what God asks us to do. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in “I should do this” or “you shouldn’t do that” and forget how God designed life for us.
I’ll admit that I’m hesitant to read books that use words like “callings” and “empower” in the subtitle. For me it makes me think of fringe theologies that teach you that you only need to take 7 simple steps to prosperity and I thought this was where that book was going to go but from the first page I realized I was wrong. My focus for Lent is really about getting down the bare bones and basics of the faith and this book was perfect for it. Scott not only shows us what God wants but gives action steps to put that into practice in our lives.
This book was adapted from one of Scott’s previous books, The Jesus Mission, which I have not read but will based on this book. Unfinished is a great reminder of the life that God wants us to live and the works He wants us to carry out on earth.
“To draw near to God and to live our lives in an intimate relationship with Him, we must love God the way He wants to be loved. (pg.9)
“Jesus commissioned His disciples to go throughout the world and preach the good news of God’s gift of eternal life. Twenty centuries later, we should be no less dedicated to proclaiming the gospel.” (pg. 54)
“Today, Christians have given priority to studying subjects such as the gifts of the Holy Spirit, prophecy, the rapture, prosperity and health, or social justice - all to the neglect of the teachings and callings of the Lord Jesus. We have done the very thing that Jesus lambasted the Pharisees for doing.” (pg.92)