Enrolling in God’s school …

June  24, 2011

“God teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me — my whole life one long, obedient response.” Ps. 119:33-34 The Message

The enrollment requirements for “God’s School” are as follows: First .. you discover that you don’t really know how to live on your own. You need help and it’s takes some people longer than others to admit it and ask for God’s help. You discover this while getting knocked off course. Second .. you realize you need more than good intentions to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. You can’t be basically good and get very far in His school. Those at the head of the class are the basically-not-so-good and mostly-bad who know it and don’t have the power to change it. Third .. You begin to get tired and even bored from filling in the hole in your heart with toys and trinkets. (And what’s really strange is your toys and trinkets are different from others around you but you begin to see that they are all the same stuff!) Fourth: You begin to long for wholeness from the inside out. That’s the pilgrim way .. a path that leads to wholeness in Christ. Fifth: You agree that all the  your punishment past, present, and future will fall on the Head-Master’s Son. The cost of tuition is God’s promise to pay your way. God’s promise includes that He will finish and complete in you all that you need to succeed in living your life affirmed .. accepted .. and indefatigably adopted. It takes all kinds and all kinds are welcome. In fact .. it only takes a moment to enroll…

“Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on the pilgrim way. Affirm your promises to me — promises made to all who fear you.” Ps. 119:37-39 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Enrolled from all backgrounds 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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