When Christ is your heartbeat …

August 19, 2011

“A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out to silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, “Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill — I’ll pay you on my way back.” Luke 10:33-35 The Message

One of the scariest unspoken prayers is: “Lord .. make me like you. Give me your heart for the world I live in.” When that begins to happen inside of you, you don’t notice the interruptions as stealing from your time .. your agenda .. and your plans. You begin to “see” someone else’s condition and your “heart goes out for them”. You’re no longer just trying to help out enough in order to resume your plans. You begin to disinfect wounds … getting your own hands on another’s trauma and infection. You’ll begin to lift a person .. not a problem to be fixed .. and make them comfortable so they can heal. And rather than just provide mediocre care you say: “Take good care of him or her .. If it cost any more, put it on my bill.” That’s what begins to happen when Jesus’s life becomes your heartbeat. In no small way Jesus is that very one in the ditch .. assaulted and left to die in your place. He suffered and in so doing healed your wounds. Everyone’s costs are different when it comes to being disinfected from sin .. wounds bandaged .. time and space to heal in comfort .. and then discover that this same Reviled Stranger paid your bill in full. Strange .. He never asks for repayment or asks for a favor in return. When Christ becomes your heartbeat .. seeing others well and whole is all the payment you need. The Samaritan didn’t go out looking for a ditch rejected traveller. It’s just that when he saw him his own heart went out to him. At that moment there was no other pressing business than the business of turning the goodness of God into complete care for another wounded man. The good news becomes the time and space to heal. And the grace of God is an unconditionally paid bill. “Lord .. make me like you. Give me your heart to see the world that I live in today.” … It only takes a moment …

“and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:23-24 New American Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Interrupted 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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