No longer …

July 26, 2011

“for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God ..” Romans 3:23 New American Standard

Sin … Why can’t there be another word .. another image .. just another way to soften the cold side of “who” we are born? You don’t have to be a theologian to know what it is. You can’t go a whole day without seeing somewhere and even closer within yourself. Why couldn’t God have just given us a list of the worst ones and the ones we could get away with? Instead, in one brief verse we discover our common birth certificates: sinners. No one is comfortable around sin. Even “sinners” don’t like it. The way of sin never leads to anything healthy or whole. It leads to sickness .. sadness .. and isolation. There are plenty of other paths that you already know where they led you at one time. But what are you going to do? Try harder not to sin? It’s who you are .. at least it’s who you “were” before Christ stepped into your life. In Christ you don’t stay a sinner .. you become a Saint capable of sinning. (Saint is another birth certificate we struggle to believe .. more later on that) Sin is a “dead language” .. but life in Christ is a life-giving .. life-changing .. life-forever language. God’s answer to sin: Jesus died for your sin and all the sins you will ever commit. It’s the “mother tongue” that you know is the hope for the world you live in. Everyone you know has been affected by sin. Everyone. You can’t spare anyone you love the reality of sin in their own life and in the world they face everyday. But you can share the encouragement of being alive to God through Jesus. Sin is real. But being made alive in Christ is the birth certificate you can never lose. It only takes a moment …

“When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.” Romans 6:10-11 The Message

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

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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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