Constant Disruption

December 6, 2011

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law? And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. … The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt. 22:36-39 New American Standard

It’s the question you’re asked everyday . It’s never asked directly. And it’s almost never convenient when the question comes your way: “What great commandment will direct your heart today? What great command will direct your footsteps?” Most of the time we are well into the day before we even think about setting our first love or plan on using our energies loving others as if we were loving ourselves. Just living life is an invitation for facing constant disruptions in our homes .. our marriage .. our children .. at work .. and even around friends. It’s not the “question” that traps us. It’s our responses before we’ve even had a moment to reflect. More often than not we approach a new day thinking that a few minutes with Jesus will give me a little extra fuel for the battles and flare-ups that will unfold. Amos (7:10-17) took care of some sheep but God called him to face some un-shepherding leaders who were unloving God and unloading on their sheep (people). Jesus was asked the question to trap him. He exposed the rule-enforced nooses that were choking the very ones who longed to love God and know the power of loving others as themselves. You’ll be asked the question to silence you .. shame you .. or accuse you of just serving yourself first before others. And even today .. Jesus offers to be your strength and saving defense. He’s not looking to reward the rule-keepers. He’s longing to renew and replenish the longing heart of the one who wants to be ruled by the Disrupting Rule of Love … And still .. it only takes a moment …

“Examine me, God, from head to foot, order your battery of tests. Make sure I’m fit inside and out. So I never lose sight of your love, But keep in step with you never missing a beat.” … “The Lord is their strength, and He is a saving defense to His anointed. Save Your people and bless your inheritance; Be heir shepherd also, and carry them forever.” Ps. 26:2-3 The Message/ Ps. 28:8-9 New American Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Disrupted Disciples 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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