Life on the Cross-roads …

September 30, 2011

“But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence.” Colossians 1:22 The Message

Jesus ended up with his life on a Cross. Your old life ended at the Cross. Your new life began from the Cross. The Cross is not some dreary .. religious .. irrelevant symbol. For 2000 years Christians: Cross-broken ..Cross-believing .. and Cross-boasting men and women have started their lives each day in this truth… CHRIST HAS DIED .. CHRIST IS RISEN .. CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN. This Cross is part of your life today. It’s where Jesus brought you over to God’s side. It’s where Jesus began His finished work of putting your life together whole and holy. It’s where your life makes sense in a senseless world. The Cross says that you are claimed by Another. Your life is no longer your own. Your time, your schedule, your plans, your goals, your everything now belongs to the One who has freed you from the suffocating patterns and expectations of cross-less people. It doesn’t make you better. It makes you available to share an incredible story. The truth is it generally takes you a long stretch of life to learn how to live in the peace .. power .. and promise of the Cross. There are a lot of moments (some longer than others) of facing choices of walking a Cross-road or a self-road. One road is the way of Christ. The other road is the old way of yourself. Jesus ended up on a Cross so that you could end up whole. It only takes a moment …

“For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate.” Galatians 6:14 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Followers of 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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