When we think of Jesus, we tend to think of the mild teacher, or the suffering servant who died on a cross for our salvation. We don’t usually think of him as demanding things from us. That was under the law, and Jesus frees us from the law, right? Not really. Not in that way.
In this book John Piper lays out several commands (or demands) of Jesus and explains what they mean and how we should obey, using scripture as his basis.
Piper explains his process in this short video:
Over the last couple of years, John Piper has been a great source of learning and spiritual growth for me. This book is no different. I took a pencil to this book, something I almost never do, because it called out to me to do it. I underlined, and asterisked, and noted… and at least one chapter in this book moved me to the point of tears.
Each chapter covers one command (or one aspect of a command) and is only about 4-6 pages long, so this could easily read devotional-style.
This book will challenge you and push you to become a true follower of Jesus by obeying his commands. It is definitely one to read again.
1) Is it understandable = 5
2) Presentation of Information = 5
3) Quality of Writing = 5
4) Overall Enjoyability = 5
Average score of 5 out of 5
As with all of Piper’s books, you can download a free PDF of this book at Desiring God.