The Ultimate Workout

August 24, 2011

“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17 The Message

Your life is being held together in Christ. The man who wrote this spent his early professional years trying to stop this truth from spreading. After all .. It was outside the rules of what made life work as long as you did your part. And then Jesus returned from his schooling in the desert and invited a few men to “follow him” as he went from town to town talking about God being your Father and inviting others to place their trust in His unconforming life. He held a lepers life together by touching him. He held a few thousand lives together by blessing and breaking some bread and fish. He held his uncertain followers together by telling them that some bread broken and eaten in His name and some wine drunken in his name would mark them as kingdom citizens held together by Jesus. The old rules wouldn’t hold them together any longer. And it hasn’t changed for over 2000 years. We keep trying to hold our lives together and He keeps inviting us to let Him make His peace inside of us. This same Jesus is still before all the things in your life. All of God’s delight for your life is in Christ. And all of who you are and how you’re going to live today is in Jesus .. who has reconciled “all things” to Himself. You don’t have to work it out. He’s already done that. Where do you start? You start with Jesus .. the One who’s holding you together and even at this moment reconciling all those parts in you that you think are irreconcilable. It starts with Jesus .. whether it’s your first start or fresh start … and it only takes a moment…

“For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:19-20 The Message

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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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