“SOME BOOKS FOCUS on what Christ has done for us, and others on what Christ does in us. Rare, however, are books that teach us how Christ works in us on the basis of what he had already accomplished for us. Brian Hedges has written one of these rare books, laid out in short devotions crafted to stimulate faith that bears fruit through love. This is a book not only to read, but to practice in the pursuit of holiness.”
—Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE is a journey of spiritual and moral transformation into the glorious image and likeness of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. This journey is lifelong. We begin this journey when we first believe in Jesus, but will not reach our final destination until the final resurrection, when our bodies will be raised, transformed, and glorified, as we are fully and finally conformed to the image of Christ.
As with any lengthy journey, sometimes Christians lose their way. We can become disoriented and confused. We mistake the terrain we have already traversed, lose sight of the road on which we tread, and forget the destination to which we travel. Sometimes we take detours. Or we get stuck on the side of the road. All of us sometimes need help.
This little book is a series of 40 devotional readings, designed to help in a specific way. These readings are lightly edited excerpts from my larger book Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change. Christ Formed in You functioned as something of a map for the journey, charting out a comprehensive theology of sanctification. To Be Like Jesus, on the other hand, is more like a series of encouraging road signs— brief meditations to help you in your journey toward Christlikeness.
Each meditation begins with Scripture and ends with questions for reflection and a brief prayer. My goal throughout has been to anchor your faith in the power of grace and the hope of the gospel: to set your gaze on the glorious good news of what God has done in sending his Son to redeem us, and his Spirit to renew us. My hope is that, as you read, you will be drawn into closer fellowship with Christ himself, even as you are conformed more and more to his image.
Soli Deo Gloria
Brian G. Hedges
To Be Like Jesus: 40 Mediations for Your Journey Toward Christlikeness is now available for purchase in paperback and ebook formats from Shepherd Press, Amazon, and elsewhere.