November 17, 2010
“I’ve bathed him with my Spirit, my life. He’ll set everything right among the nations. He won’t call attention to what he does with loud speeches or gaudy parades. He won’t brush aside the bruised and the hurt and he won’t disregard the small and insignificant, but he’ll steadily and firmly set things right. He won’t tire out and quit. He won’t be stopped until he’s finished his work — to set things right on earth. Far flung ocean islands wait expectantly for his teaching.” Isaiah 42:2-4 The Message
The JesusLife: Learning to love the Life that Christ is living in me …?
The life that God has for you is bathed with His Spirit. There isn’t one area .. one spot .. one moment of your life that gets left out of His life-giving .. Spirit-bathing life. Your bruises aren’t disguised or hidden as unsightly. Your hurts .. all those moments .. memories .. mixed-motives aren’t overlooked or disqualify you for this One and Only Son Life. The smallest things of your life and all those places in you that you think are so insignificant that God will just overlook them …. He doesn’t! He hasn’t missed one second of your life. And the life He gives you .. the Life He wants to live in and through you..? He won’t tire out when you try to get in the way or quit and walk off because you’re so stubborn and unresponsive to His finishing work. You .. yes You .. are part of that “world” that God loves so much. You’re that valuable .. that loved .. that God hears the faintest .. unheard cry of your heart for real life. And so .. He gave His Son .. and He gives His Son .. and The Son gives you His life so that you can learn how to love from a whole and lasting life. Just look around you: there isn’t much in this world that is whole and lasting … and that is exactly the life that Christ has for you. Why does God have to seem to be so anonymous? Because so much of your life is coded with suspicion and self-resistance to His unconditional love. So much so .. that it takes His Life — living in you .. giving you life .. freedom .. and the very power to receive the ability to live whole in Him. God has never imagined you living the Life of His Son on your own. So .. He is steadily .. firmly .. and faithfully going room by room through your life setting things right. And along the way you discover that you actually prefer the way He lives His life through you. Where do you begin …? It only takes a moment …
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” John 3:16 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Men and Women finding Life in Jesus and Jesus living life in them. (firstname.lastname@example.org)