The Unbelievable Invitation: At any moment

October 6, 2011

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. …” Matt. 11:28-29 The Message

It really is an incredible invitation. Jesus offers you full access to His life and guarantees what will happen in your life: “you’ll recover your life”! His life will create rest inside of your restlessness. That would be more than enough but Jesus offers even more: He will personally “show you” how to find rest. He’s not just going to tell you .. but show you. That means He has made all the time necessary to show you what you are so desperately needing inside your heart. That would truly be enough but Jesus knows you inside and out so he offers you more: “Walk with me” … it is personal and relational. You’ve got to slow down from all the rushing around to fit your life together in order to “walk” with Jesus. And then he says: “Work with me” … He knows you’re going to mess it up … make mistakes .. cut corners .. blame yourself .. blame others .. even blame Him for your own mess. But still Jesus offers you a place in His work. Then He does something that is almost beyond belief: Jesus invites you to “watch” him. He invites you to look at his life. You can make your own judgment of His life. And then He offers you something you could achieve on your own: an unforced life .. a life of grace that has life-breathing rhythms. And still he knows you need more: He promises nothing heavy or ill-fitting. We spend much of our lives trying to manage “heavy” weights of living in a fallen ill-fitting world. We even tell ourselves that one day “I’Ll” be free of these concerns because I’ve earned the right to be free. It’s a lie. Only Jesus can give you a life of such freedom and light-filled grace. And Jesus says you’ll find this life if you “keep company with Me”. It is an unbelievable invitation because it is open to you at this moment … and it only takes a moment …

“… Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matt. 11:29-30 The Message

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