July 29, 2010
“By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us — set us right with him, make us fit for him — we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand — out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.” Romans 5:1-2 The Message
If you’re serious … you’ll stand out …?
There is no such thing as a “private faith”. It doesn’t exist where Jesus has gone for you. Everything about your life has been marked by a Cross so public .. so humiliating .. and so final. That Cross means that your life is at peace with God. It means your life is all “put together .. made fit .. and set right”! You don’t feel put together? Well … add this truth-fact to your life: God has thrown open His doors for you. That’s right … Your life is no longer marked by all that sin- stealing .. sin-denying .. sin-imprisoning “junk” that held you in a peace-less grip. God’s at peace with you because Jesus became your peace and now His life resides in you … His peace resides in you. We too often remain in windowless rooms when God has already opened your life to a life of grace and praise. If you’re going to live this JesusLife .. It will be out in the open. You’ve still got flaws? You still struggle? You still find defeated sins hiding in corners and crevices of your heart? So you think you have to hide or remain private until “all” of this is cleaned up and you won’t struggle any longer? You haven’t been called to live this way. You’re whole life is out in the open. You’re openly forgiven .. openly filled with Christ — His peace. You’re God’s living resource of grace and peace in the world you live in .. Because Christ lives in you. You’re no longer on your own .. “trying your best” to find peace. He is your peace .. today .. this moment. And all that “junk” in your life .. it is just that: junk .. worthless .. unable to condemn you. It only takes a moment …
“Since then it is by faith that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of grace, and here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things he has for us in the future.” Romans 5:1-2 J.B. Phillips Translation
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Christ Followers and friends of Priority One (Ken@priorityone.org)