May 8, 2009
“This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ lives in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory.” Colossians 1:26-27 The Message
What kind of life do you really want ..?
You were born into it … You were raised in it .. You can’t escape it. It is called life on your terms. You don’t have a choice about it because you were born with it. At some point, no matter what family background you landed in … you have had to face the false you .. that part of of your inside life that remains hidden from others but tries each day to exert controlling influence over you. Sometimes there isn’t much struggle with it. Sometimes you just give in to it and follow blindly .. ashamedly .. and even accusingly along. You’d like to say it is not your fault .. but you know it is. But God overlooks all of that and offers you the secret: Christ lives in you .. He is alive in you .. You are truly alive in Him. He knows everything about you .. everything. He knows those things you’ve tried to forget or tried to cover over with hard work and sincere effort. There is only One covering … your life covered by the life — death — and resurrection of Jesus. And just like your first life .. your new life .. real life .. is also born into it .. raised in it .. and out in the open. Your life becomes the very-out-in-the-open secret of what Jesus can do to one life where he is allowed to live and have the “run of the house”. You can’t believe that God would actually use your life to show how good He is .. how deep he loves you .. how widely he will love through you? Your background doesn’t matter. Your religious resume doesn’t matter. What matters is whether you will live in love with Jesus and live free in “everything unlike Him” today? He’ll even supply you with all the help you need. Today…? Then Tomorrow ..? And pretty soon you’ll discover that you are living a life of love and loving a life of freedom in Jesus. It only takes a moment …
“You yourselves are a case study of what he does …” Colossians 1:21 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Holy Case-Studies Following Jesus and friends of Priority One (firstname.lastname@example.org)