Every Christian believer must confront an essential question: "How do I know what God wants from me?" Faith-based author and motivational speaker Steven K. Scott is confident that the answer to that conundrum resides in the gospels. His new book sets out the mission that Jesus assigned himself and the four missions that he assigns believers. Like Scott's The Greatest Words Ever Spoken, The Jesus Mission rolls out its inspirational message with clarity and verve. A spiritual primer delivered with grace.
The Jesus Mission: Christ completed twenty-seven missions while on earth. Take up the four he assigned to you.by Steven K. Scott
“How Do I know What God Wants from Me?”
Jesus came to earth to accomplish twenty-seven impossible missions, and He completed every one. He calls us to follow Him by pursuing four lifetime missions that enable us to bear spiritual fruit and “lay up treasures in Heaven.” He also gives us more than one hundred/i>/b>
“How Do I know What God Wants from Me?”
Jesus came to earth to accomplish twenty-seven impossible missions, and He completed every one. He calls us to follow Him by pursuing four lifetime missions that enable us to bear spiritual fruit and “lay up treasures in Heaven.” He also gives us more than one hundred promises—promises that provide the foundation and building blocks for a supernatural, miracle-working faith.
The Jesus Mission reveals the core discovery of the author’s life, which propelled his greatest spiritual breakthrough. This same discovery can radically transform your walk with God. Find out, by reading Jesus’ words, how He made it possible for you to live out the four lifetime missions He has given you, starting today.
“…whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” —John 14:12, niv
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The Greatest Mission the Universe Has Ever Witnessed
If Jesus were to fail, the earth and everyone on it would be doomed.
About two thousand years ago, all the hosts of heaven watched in amazement as God sent His only begotten Son on a mission. While living on earth, God’s Son would take on the form of a man and give up His divine rights. As a man, He would be tempted in every area of life in which ordinary men and women are tempted. If the Son succumbed to even one temptation, His mission would be aborted, and the earth and its inhabitants would be doomed.
Though He lived as a man, the Son’s communion with His Father remained unbroken. His obedience to the Father’s will was nothing short of perfect. The close communion He enjoyed with His Father was crucial to the successful completion of His mission.
But the Son’s mission on earth was not just one mission. In His teachings, He revealed that He came to accomplish twenty-seven seemingly impossible missions. If He failed in even one, all would be lost. Each of the twenty-seven missions had to be completed, and without error, during His brief life on earth. And amazingly, He did it!
The Missions Jesus Gave to Us
While most Christians are familiar with the Great Commission from Matthew 28:19–20, which is Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations, many may be unaware that before Jesus left the earth, He commissioned His disciples—and everyone else who would follow Him in the future—not with just one Great Commission, but with four lifelong missions that all believers are to focus on.
As believers, we often struggle with what God wants from our lives. What is His specific will for each of us, and how should we invest our lives to advance His work on earth? Jesus did not leave us in the dark, to guess at what God desires for us. The missions He left for us to carry out give us eternal purpose and a clear focus for our lives. As we pursue the four missions He gave us, we will experience the ultimate Christian life.
Far from being overwhelming, these missions sharpen our focus and intensify our faith. Out of all the opportunities and possibilities that believers could pursue, Christ points us to the missions He chose for us. There is no reason for believers to guess about what God wants or to worry that they are not hearing from God. In His teachings, Jesus has already revealed it all.
In the words of Christ from the four gospels, we have our job description. Jesus chose to give us the glorious opportunity to partner with Him in the same way that He partnered with His Father. As we pursue the four lifelong missions, He gives us His miraculous power and grace to fulfill each one. Jesus said, “Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).
As we carry out our missions, we will live in an intimate relationship with Him that is modeled after His relationship with His Father. Just as Jesus relied on His Father and drew wisdom and power from Him, so can believers today draw near to Christ in the most intimate relationship on earth. This is not restricted to a few special Christians or limited to the most holy. Jesus invites all His followers into an intimate relationship that mirrors the relationship He experienced with His Father when He was on earth.
Before we look at this relationship with Christ, there are a few realities we need to consider.
Better Than a Crystal Ball
It’s tempting to think that life would be much easier if only we could know what lies ahead. If we had a crystal ball that would allow us to see into the future, we could take the risk and uncertainty out of decision making. Think about it: you could win the lottery every week. If you’re an investor, you could read tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal today and make a fortune overnight. You could steer clear of traffic jams and dangerous motorists. You could ensure good health by avoiding the threats of disease and disaster. If only you had a crystal ball, you could become your company’s most valued employee by next week—and without relying on hard work and business acumen.
No longer would you be uncertain or indecisive. With an infallible crystal ball, you could see the long-term benefits and consequences of every decision and choice. You would have the potential to avoid making mistakes in every area of your life.
But that is all it would be—potential. That’s because you would still be lacking one critical element. Even if you knew everything you needed to know about the future, you still would not have the power to change your life. You would not have the will to do the right thing in every instance, and you would still be subject to circumstances over which you have no control.
Knowing the future would not replace sadness with joy, emptiness with fulfillment, or death with eternal life. It would not eliminate the guilt you experience when you do something wrong. It could not empower you to love others unconditionally. For all the changes a future-seeing crystal ball could bring, it couldn’t bring the most important changes that you need or desire. And worst of all, it could not bring you even one step closer to an intimate relationship with an eternal, infinite God.
What you will discover in this book is infinitely better than a crystal ball. You won’t be able to read the future, but you will find out how you can enjoy the most intimate, powerful, and miracle-filled relationship possible with God. This relationship, which Christ offers to us, can replace sadness with joy, emptiness with fulfillment, failure with accomplishment, and most important, death with eternal life. Imagine having a relationship with God in which He reveals Himself to you in new ways every day. He will reveal His loves and desires, His values, and even His miraculous power in unique ways—to you, one of His closest followers.
Imagine experiencing Christ’s presence every moment of every day. Imagine being so close to Him that He whispers in your ear His thoughts, His guidance, even His perfect will for every decision you face. Imagine knowing that you are the focal point of His amazing love. In turn, you will gain the power to love others unconditionally in ways you never thought were possible. Imagine gaining the power to love and forgive even the people who have lied about you, betrayed you, and violated your trust.
This is the life of power and supernatural love that Christ lived on earth, and it can be your life as well. When you live in an intimate relationship with Him, He teaches you how to abide in His love and power. He directs your steps and opens your eyes to choices and decisions that produce a life of eternal significance.
Meet the Author
Steven K. Scott is the best-selling author of The Greatest Words Ever Spoken, The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, and The Richest Man Who Ever Lived. An entrepreneur whose start-up companies have achieved billions of dollars in sales, Scott learned the laws of success by studying the book of Proverbs. He is the co-founder of Total Gym, The American Telecast Corporation, and Max International. Scott is also active in the leadership of His Followers, International, a non-profit ministry. In his speaking and teaching ministry, Scott emphasizes the unique role and miraculous power of Jesus’ words in the lives of those who follow Him. Visit his website at StevenKScott.com.
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Steven K. Scott, Author of The Greatest Words Ever Spoken, gives us yet another compelling work in his most recent book The Jesus Mission published by Waterbrook Press. Scott's book The Jesus Mission teaches us that Jesus came to earth with specific missions he had to accomplish in order to save the world. Twenty-seven of them in fact and each one accomplished! It then compels us to take up and accomplish the four missions that he assigned to each of us. It was my great pleasure to read and review this book. Steven K. Scott does a great job of using scripture at every turn in the book. This is not a book of mere opinion but rather a book that shows us scripture and challenges us to do what that scripture is telling us. I personally LOVED this book and here is why. First of all if you have been following me you know that in my opinion a book that contains little or no scripture can not and should not be called a Bible Study. That doesn't necessarily mean it is a bad book. It could be described as a Spiritual Growth or Christian Life study but not a Bible Study. Steven's book The Jesus Mission can indeed in my opinion be called a Bible study. Scripture is the basis for everything in this book. Secondly, the way the book is laid out excited me. It is almost like a "How To" type model. He plainly lays out the 4 mission that Jesus left us with but then he goes a step further by breaking each mission into several "Action Items" so that the reader isn't left wondering how to accomplish the missions. Several of the insights in this book left me with "Aha" moments or sparked other revelations about God that I had never seen before. The biggest of these "Aha" moments was in chapter 6 when Steven talks about that idea that the Salvation process may not look like what we think. He points out that the words confess and believe are two vastly different words and the difference may be leaving people "lost". He is also quick to point out that Jesus never mentioned a formula for Salvation like we see in so many churches today. It definitely leaves the reader with something to think about. Steven also mentions the eleven ministries of the Holy Spirit and other things like being the salt of the earth, how to treat the sheep Jesus has entrusted you with and how to avoid the roadblocks, booby traps and deadly detours to following Christ. I strongly encourage you to read this book and keep it on your bookshelf to read over again and again.