August 11, 2010
“You are who you are through this gift and call of Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:6 The Message
Who are you really …?
You were born into a broken and rapidly failing world. No matter how much you want this world to be fair .. it is fatally broken. You grew up in different homes .. some with two parents .. some with one .. and all of them desperately needing the healing gospel of a new life and whole-making love of Jesus. You’ve tried: to do your best .. to make a difference .. to find out who you really are inside and out. As one group of JesusFollowers say: “Despite the lingering effects of sin, I am (That means You!) a restored son (and daughter) of the sovereign Lord, whose Spirit is at work in my weakness, displaying His glory and advancing His kingdom.” This same God who wrote to a group of “saints” in Rome of all places (same as you!) still writes with the same grace and truth that He has called you ( a very big word .. being called by God) to become All that He has created you to be in His Son. You cannot become whole apart from Jesus! In fact .. you will only discover that a partially whole life is just as miserable on the inside as a wholly un-whole life. And in Christ .. Your life becomes whole! Yes, it is a mystery and much of the time you will doubt that God can make you whole. You’ll see others who look whole or try and compare your life to others and that too will lead to a dead end. The fact is .. God came after you .. the real you .. the messed-up-on-the-inside you .. And He put your whole life together through His son. Why? Because He is Sheer Generosity when it comes to making anyone who trusts in Him … Real! He is living His life through you so that others can see firsthand how this Sheer Generous One works in once un-real looking lives. You are His walking .. breathing .. trusting .. forgiving .. everyday friend. You’re called .. To live in .. To love with and To lean upon the risen indwelling life of Jesus. This is real for your life today. And fortunately .. His sheer generous call upon you is only a moment away .. and it only takes a moment …
“Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.” Romans 3:24 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Real and Becoming Real Jesus Followers and friends of Priority One (firstname.lastname@example.org)