November 22, 2010
“The main character in this drama — compared to him I’m a mere stagehand — will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing your from the inside out. He’s going to clean house — make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.” Matt. 3:..11-12 The Message
The Real Christmas mess …?
A locust eating skin wearing prophet seems like a poor choice to announce the coming of the Messiah. Yet God seems to go out of His way not to overplay or overwhelm us with His greatness. He could have announced it with great majestic flare but He didn’t. Why not? Maybe it was because “we” .. you and me .. and our faith-family ancestors were so messed up and drowning in our own self-serving sewage. “We” .. you and me .. keep trying to convince God that we can make life work on our terms if He will only help us when we need him. But He isn’t that kind of God. He is a “main-character-fire-igniting-clean-sweeping-truth-inside/out” Lord .. not a stagehand who cleans up or rearranges our sin-cluttered-specialties to look acceptable. The only thing unusual about His birth is that He chose to born at all! Why waste the time? Why be born in this mess? Why mess with us at all? Because you are exactly what God wanted to change inside out. Because God loves you in spite of the mess. Because Jesus was born to wear your messed up life and exchange it with His everything-true-in-its-proper-place life. He’s come to “ignite” your life with His kingdom .. His fire .. and His Spirit. And That Life does indeed burn up the trash on the inside. Is there any mess in you that God cannot clean? No! You’ll look different on the outside because He’s cleaned up the inside. You may doubt that you look different but He doesn’t. He sees the real you. He sees you in the life of His Son. He’s the Main Character in God’s grace-script called You: A Story of Redeeming Love from an Unholy Mess! It only takes a moment …
“Their wicked lives raged like an out-of-control fire, the kind that burns everything in its path .. Appetites insatiable, stuffing and gorging themselves left and right with people and things .. Who will you get to help you? What good will your money do you?” Isaiah 9:18,20, 10:4 … “They’re obsessed with adultery, compulsive in sin, seducing every vulnerable soul they come upon. Their specialty is greed, and they’re experts at it. Dead souls!” 2 Peter 2:14 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Father-Found-Messes reclaimed and restored by Jesus. (email@example.com) Thanks to Jim Wolfe for the grace-script idea!