March 7, 2011
“We’ve heard it for ourselves and know it for sure. He’s the Savior of the world!” John 4:42 The Message
How do you live the Saving Life …?
It doesn’t take long in your life to begin seeing how “available” Jesus has been and is for your life. He was there during all those little times when you wanted help .. longed to be delivered .. yearned for freedom .. and hid all your “outsider” secrets to keep from being found out. But … you can look back and see that Jesus was there but you weren’t ready to let go and receive his help .. his deliverance .. his freedom .. his “in on everything” reality. You may have heard it through others .. had it preached to you a thousand times .. watched it happen in others .. but until you’ve truly heard it in your heart .. in your strength .. in your mind .. and decided that He is Savior .. you’re still trying to live an insider life on the outside of everything .. and it won’t work. What does a Saving Life look like? It looks like your life available for Christ to reach others. It looks like a generous life .. generous in grace and good things. It looks like a deeply personal life .. living out God’s redemptive story. Yes .. you’re different and Christ is the only explanation. You know what it is like to be an outsider, treated like one, and maybe even treating others like they were outsiders. Jesus changed all that. His Saving Life is free .. living freely .. loving freely .. longing to serve others into freedom in Christ. That’s why you don’t take this life for granted. Granted .. our spiritual history is filled with days, weeks, months, and sometimes years of living as if God really doesn’t have a clue as to what the “real world ” is really like. But He knows how to begin creating that thirst in you for more .. more life .. more freedom .. and more abiding knowledge of Jesus. And yes .. it took death and blood to get your attention. All the other formulas fade against the saving formula of living life free .. now .. and in Christ. You don’t keep getting saved. You do however, keep living the saving life because there are those around your world looking in from the outside .. and God has placed you right there in the center of their lives to help them hear the saving sounds of Jesus moving in. It only takes a moment …
“But don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. … Now because of Christ — dying that death, shedding that blood — you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything.” Ephesians 2:11-13 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Jesus Insiders and friends of Priority One (firstname.lastname@example.org)