July 27, 2010

“When you were stuck in your sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive – right along with Christ. Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” Colossians 2:13-14 The Message

Chosen …?

It’s who you are: chosen. There’s no getting around it. Your life was once “stuck” .. sin-stuck .. sin-driven .. and sin-dead. But God .. the Choosing One .. chose you. There’s no getting around it. You’re not the same. You’re no longer stuck with that “old life”. You may slip and stumble from time to time but you are not longer dead. You’re alive .. along with Christ .. raised to new life .. a life you could never produce or manufacture on your own. ALL of your sins are forgiven. There’s no getting around it. And the new life you’ve been given is unlike any life you had before. You’re wearing .. in the name of Jesus .. in the power of His Spirit .. a wardrobe of complete forgiveness. And this same wardrobe is yours to give away everyday with the same completeness that Jesus forgave you. There’s no getting around it. The wardrobe God gives you never goes out of style: Compassion — kindness (the same kindness that Jesus describes as “My yoke is ‘easy’ “.) — humility — quiet strength (nail-scarred patience and longsuffering love) — discipline (daily habits of drinking indefatigable grace). Chosen .. that’s who you are. You’re being loved in the deepest places of your life .. and that is sometimes overwhelming to be loved that deeply. There’s no getting around it. New life .. New walk .. New love .. New forgiveness .. New you! It’s who you are. And if you’ve drifted away .. you read and hear again in the driest places of your heart that the “slate is wiped clean” .. and all those condemning indictments have been canceled! And you step into this day wearing a wardrobe picked out personally for you by the One whose chose you. There’s no getting around it. And yet … it only takes a moment …

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.” Colossians 3:12-13 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to every color — age — backgrounds — Followers of Jesus .. giving away completely what Jesus has given them .. and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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