What did Jesus do with those disciples…?

June 17, 2011

“This is the testimony in essence: God gave  us eternal life; he life is in His Son. So, whoever has the Son, has the life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life.” 1 John 5:11-12 The Message

He showed them miracles. He called them to do the impossible: Follow Me. He showed how much He loved them by giving His life for them. He told them to spend the rest of their lives making “disciples” .. Christ-Followers .. just like themselves .. and He would be with them in Spirit. But .. He went further: Jesus gave them Life .. a life they could never imagine existed without Him. He gave them a life that was so connected to His Life that everything and everyone they touched and spoke to would experience the His life. He gave them something so deeply buried within their hearts: He told them they would never walk alone. He told them the Father would make His home in them. He told them the Holy Spirit would give them everything they needed to serve Him and share Him with others. He gave them His abiding .. indwelling Presence. They spent the rest of their lives learning to love the life that Christ was living in them. It is the same today: You’ve been called to follow Him ..  to share Him in your world .. and to live this Life that is in Christ and now in you. It is life not based on performance but on His promise to be with you wherever you are going. He gives you the same Life He gave His disciples: a life so connected to Jesus that He makes His very home in you. He’s not going to move out when you fail or make a mistake. You are living a life that no one else in this world is living except those who love and trust this same Jesus. Yes .. life is a mission. You aren’t to get so bogged down in trying to live that you miss living the Life He is living in you. Are you living in this Life that is in Christ or are you trying to fit Him into your life? One will wear you out. The other will have you wearing a life of love so deep .. so abiding .. and so appealing that others will ask you what is so different about your life. It will look different because Jesus is the One who is living out His Life through you. It only takes a moment …

“All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.” John 14:23 New Living Translation

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

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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