I recently finished reading One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow by Scot McKnight. I had previously read another book of his, The Jesus Creed. One.Life challenged my life and thinking, as I consistently considered: How will I use my one and only life to build God’s kingdom? What does it look like to follow Christ in every area of my life?
McKnight is a professor yet writes in a readable manner. I appreciated the historical insights into Jewish culture, some that were new to me. The book effectively bridges the gap between history and current times.
Here are the top 7 things I learned:
1) The Christian life is not simply about fervently pursuing personal piety. Instead of being known for what I abstain from, I should be known for positively putting my faith into action.
2) When Jesus talked about the kingdom of God, contemporary Jews looked for a king, land, and citizens. Today when I hear the phrase “kingdom of God,” I usually think of an internal experience. The literal anticipation of the establishment of God’s kingdom gives renewed hope for today and ultimately the future.
3) I am to become a person who loves God and others. Jesus’ kingdom vision is for the world to be filled with people who are noted by one word: love. I thus need to treat everyone as my neighbor and see each person as someone loved by God.
4) As a fallen person, my natural default is to pursue the “iLife,” not the kingdom life. Instead of living the defeat of the cross, I live for constant triumph (70).
5) A good question to ask for every decision I make is “What is the wise thing to do?”
6) I need the Holy Spirit because no matter how hard I try, I’m unloving, unjust, and unpeaceful. It’s too easy to wrongly think I can just stop sinning
7) The mundane matters to God, including things that are every day and routine.
I definitely recommend One.Life to challenge your walk with God. Perhaps we can have a discussion or study group of this title at ACC in the near future!