God’s Complex Plan

August 11, 2011

“…Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.” Acts. 2:47 The Message

What a life God has given you. Your slate has been wiped clean. You’ve been given a fresh start. You once lived outside of God’s love and now you whole insides are filled and formed by His abiding life. How does God continue to make this happen all over the world and around your world? His whole method (as if God had a heavenly formula for success!!) is built around a group of men and women just like you whose lives have been radically changed by an itinerant rabbi named Jesus. He taught them as a good rabbi would .. but He taught them even more with nails. He left them an inheritance: new identities founded upon the risen life of this same nail-scarred rabbi. And what did they do? They met together in worship and shared meals and people all around them wanted “in” on what they saw. That’s right … people all around you want “in” on what you have .. who you are .. and who you follow. The Sovereign God of the universe has staked his holy company’s marketing plan on a group of redeemed orphans who’ve become beloved sons and daughters .. exuberant and joyful brothers and sisters .. gathered around a table sharing a meal. It’s not a pretend meal. There is real brokenness .. real struggles .. and joys all gathered at the same table. What happens though is that “we” and “you” start drifting away from the “daily” parts of worshiping and sharing meals around Jesus. We become lulled into thinking that this “kind of life” can be reduced to once a week or planned carefully in the future. There is a deep longing in your life ( a Christ created longing) to share this kind of table. Yes .. it can feel overwhelming at times .. inconvenient at times .. and frustrating at times. But .. the life that Jesus offers you is the life that He invited you to follow: His. What is amazing is this secret: God adds to our number while “we” are gathered around Jesus and each other. Why? Because you are a walking advertisement of what grace looks like in a once un-grace-filled life. He’s not asking you to hide or just keep to your own “kind”. Quite the contrary. When others see this kind of life you share in Christ … they want it. They want it enough to let go of the lies they’ve lived trying to find the truth. Maybe not everyone around .. but those whom God is adding daily by His food-borne grace! Maybe you haven’t been walking daily as you used to … it only takes a moment …

“They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw …” Acts. 2:46-47 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Table-saints eating around Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone)

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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