April 21, 2011

“It is useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know He enjoys giving rest to those He loves?” Psalm 127 the Message

Are you living in His giving …?

Rested .. Affirmed .. Work weary .. Life stressed .. God confident or self-confident?  If you carry yesterday’s burdens and tomorrow’s uncertainties you’ll walk around tired and inwardly insecure. You’ll view rest as a reward not a daily promised provision of the Father’s love. Your Father’s view is entirely different. He made you with the fillable space inside of yourself to know real rest…. He created you to relax your grip with an internal confidence “in Him”. He invites you into his redemptive story of surrendering all of your worldly worry and stress to Him and enter into “living deeply in Christ”. He helps you break the repetitive cycle of “making it on your own” .. and ” making a name for yourself”  in exchange for living fully in your true identity as “children of God”. You don’t have to reject success .. or convince yourself that mediocrity is satisfying. Failure doesn’t mean that God is pleased with you because you refused to compromise or conform. God .. your Father is focused on you becoming whole and deeply rooted in the life of His Son. You may be confronted with untold battles along the way. You may even discover that much of life is filled with drudgery and sameness .. day after day. Useless is not a word found in any man or woman’s life rooted and nourished in Christ.  The world’s best is to offer you noise and applause at the expense of the abiding quiet and indwelling affirmation of belonging to Jesus . But in Christ you can be guarded by His indwelling presence amidst all the noise of living in a fallen world. You’ll have a small taste of His suffering and at the same time grow a suffering heart for people around you. He loves you so much….so much that He surrendered His very own Son so that you could have access to the rest you could never find on your own. His hearts desire is to have you rest in Christ…. and go out rested in Christ. It begins by asking. You don’t have to have a formula or promise. You ask for His help just as you are.  As you do this .. you’ll live the better way .. the Christ-centered way. It only takes a moment ..

“And now children, stay with Christ. Live deeply in Christ……what a marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it–we are called children of God!! That is who we really are!
1 John 2:28, 3:1 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to God’s Unique Possession: His children following His Son and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org) Thanks to Bob (Billy Ray) Stec for offering his craftsmanship while walking with Jesus. FOM on!


About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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