Day after day after day……

July 15, 2011

“God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:18-20 The Message

Jesus didn’t create a life of rules. He invited you to “Follow Him” and in so doing you began to “see” from your heart that He was the Life you’ve always wanted. That Life became yours by faith .. trusting in His words .. in His name .. and through His crucified life. He’s called you into a “way of life” that is defined by His Name. He served his own disciples .. He touched diseased men and women .. He blessed the smallest acts of faith .. He washed feet .. He let His own feet be washed with tears .. He restored a friend’s betrayal .. and He promised to “be with you day after day after day” as you lived and shared this way of life with others. ( He did a whole lot more .. but what He did best was love you when you were unmovable .. unreachable .. untouchable .. unwanted .. and unwilling to stop hurting yourself or others. He met you at the ugliest places in your heart. And He offered you His life in exchange for yours! And so began This Way of Life!) Jesus isn’t looking for experts or expecting perfection. He’s looking for a willing heart and life that He can fill with His faith-full-ness and fill up with His indefatigable love. He’s looking for a life like yours. Sometimes the hardest part is traveling the same road and direction with other Way-of-Lifers. So He left it simple: One Lord .. One Faith .. One Baptism and One God and Father of All. We become a wild tapestry of grace along the way attracting all kinds of outwardly and inwardly hurting men and women. And Jesus wants you to be one of the Ones who helps others learn how to love this Forever Way of Life in His Name. It only takes a moment …

“You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.” Ephesians 4:4-6 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to JesusLifer’s following The Master 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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