Just Like Jesus: A Heart Like His by Max Lucado
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you there. He wants you to be just like Jesus.
Can you think of a better offer?
Jesus felt no guilt; God wants you to feel no guilt. Jesus had no bad habits; God wants to do away with yours. Jesus had no fears; God wants the same for you. Jesus had no anxiety about death; you needn't either. God's desire, his plan, his ultimate goal is to make you into the image of Christ.
But how does this change occur? And why does the change seem so slow? If God wants me to be just like Jesus, why do I still seem just like me?
In Just Like Jesus, Max Lucado helps you answer these questions. He helps you understand God's wonderful ways of transformation. Would you like to know more? Then read on. And remember: God loves you just way you are, but he refuses to leave you there. He wants you to be just like Jesus.
In 12 chapters Max Lucado walks us through some of Jesus attributes and reminds us that we are called to imitate Him, to have a heart like His. We are to have a forgiving, compassionate, listening, God-intoxicated, worship-hungry, focused, honest, pure, hope-filled, rejoicing, enduring heart. Perhaps Max summed it up best when he said having a heart like Jesus "means to kneel as Jesus knelt, touching the grimy parts of the people we are stuck with and washing away their unkindnesses with kindness". It sounds like a big order but when Max breaks it down, we realize just how obtainable it is.
Combining scripture with story illustrations we begin to not only understand that we truly can have a heart like Jesus, but we begin to want a heart like His. We are reminded that "how we look at life determines how we live life". We need to be focused on our goal of living Christ-like, conscious of our actions, and determined to reach the end of the race.
This is a great book and the companion book, Just Like Jesus Devotional: A Thirty-Day Walk with the Savior , helps us to go deeper and personalize the lessons. All in all this is another great Lucado resources for drawing us closer to God.