Bumping into things …

October 5, 2011

“So, if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, be alert to what is going on around Christ — that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” Colossians 3:1-2 The Message

There isn’t any life on earth comparable to being alive in Christ. Your old life: dead in sin. Your new life: alive in Christ. Your old life is principally about you. Your new life is resurrection-purposed with Jesus. The concerns and needs of this world will absorb every ounce of strength if you let it. That doesn’t mean you neglect real concerns or avoid other’s needs. The new life that Christ offers walks toward others .. steps into brokenness .. and serves hurting men and women through Christ’s eyes. There is a real simplicity about living your life in Christ. What makes it complicated and complex is when you avoid living your life “in” Christ. That happens when you try living the life you want and then ask God to bless it.  It happens when you try to make life work without Jesus being the center of your life. Resurrection living is not putting Christ “on” when it is merely convenient.  It’s about your whole life .. alive in Christ .. focused on the very things that Jesus is seeing through your life. That usually involves another life that’s hurting .. alone .. abandoned .. broken .. or needs a friend. And what better friend is there but the same One who befriended you. He’ll show you. It only takes a moment …

“… so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3 New King James Version

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to The Secret Simple Following 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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