Holy Disruption

November 29, 2011

“Jesus went straight to the Temple and threw out everyone who had set up shop, buying and selling. He kicked over the the tables of loan sharks and the stalls of dove merchants. He quoted this text: “My house was designated a house of prayer; You have made it a hangout for thieves.” Mt. 21:12-13 The Message

God is serious when it comes to making your life whole. He sees everything in you that is corrupt. You were born into a world that offers you every form of shortcuts to make life work. We are easily enslaved .. distracted .. and desensitized by “shops and loan sharks”. It’s never easy to find them hiding in your own heart. It’s even harder trying to remove all those influences that you grew up with or drifted into over time. God sent Amos to call His family back to their true identity: “Out of all the families on earth, I picked you. Therefore, because of your special calling, I’m holding you responsible for all your sins.” You’re part of that same family .. picked .. chosen .. accepted .. restored .. redeemed .. and marked by grace. Peter was changed from being a holy denier to a holy defender of the Morning Star’s promised rising in your hearts. Is there anything more uncomfortable than Jesus going through your life turning over and throwing out everything in you that keeps His Life from becoming your true home? And yet He is so patient .. so compassionate .. and  so relentlessly gracious in restoring what thieves have stolen. He hears the faintest prayer. He sees the farthest set of your footprints where you have roamed. His love never quits and His life never fails … and it only takes a moment …

“Now there was room for the blind and crippled to get in. They came to Jesus and he healed them.” Mt. 21:14 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Disrupted Disciples following Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org) (Thanks to COTR for reminding me of 2000 years of holy disruption)

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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