Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference is the follow-up release to Fearless by Max Lucado.
“None of us can help everyone. But all of us can help someone. And when we help them, we serve Jesus.” (p. 172)
Max was challenged by three questions:
- “Had you been a German Christian during World War II, would you have taken a stand against Hitler?” (p. 6)
- “Had you lived in the South during the civil rights conflict, would you have taken a stand against racism?” (p. 6-7)
- “When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day in which 1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billon were hungry, how will they judge your response?” (p. 7)
This third question really rocked Max to the core. Confronted with the harsh reality of poverty in Africa, Max's heart was softened even more for the “least of these”. In this book, he explores the early church. Ordinary men. Not much different than you and me, filled with the Holy Spirit – doing incredible things.
“God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”
I found myself identifying closely with Max. My heart was wrecked by the stories of true love and grace. Swayed by hearts that were transformed simply by simple acts of love and grace.
Two particular chapters hit me and have caused me to stop and give more thought.
- Saul (soon to be called Paul) and Ananias – Ananias could not believe God had spoken to Saul. God called Ananias to touch Saul's eyes so that he may see the new Paul. Who is your Saul? I'm still working on this one. “God never sends you where he hasn't already been. By the time you reach your Saul, who knows what you'll find.” (p. 138)
- Pray without ceasing – Max's narrative of the prayer warriors of the early church was amazing. The early church prayed for Peter's release and when it happened they couldn't believe it happened. I find myself like the early church. I ask. I seek. I beg. I beseech. And when my prayer is answered – I am always surprised.
“Our passionate prayers move the heart of God.” (p. 157)
For me, the summation of this book is that God is calling us. Challenging us. You have the information, now what are you going to do with it? What is God calling you to do? What am I doing?
This book is a great masterpiece. This work of art was not destined for dusty bookshelves, but rather for changing your heart from the inside-out. If you let the words seep into your heart, I'm sure the Holy Spirit will do a great work within you as I'm sure He will in me.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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