The Disruption that fills in all the holes …

December 20, 2011

“Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: … The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you. … Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.” Luke 1:29-37 The Message

We know what God is like: He makes an alien Hebrew shepherd take his sandals off to be in His presence. He tells an angel to put burning coals on the lips of a prophet. He takes an adulterous shepherd-boy-turned-conquering-king and restores his life after he takes another man’s wife and orders the death of her husband. He is a God who says He will trade the whole creation just to get “you” back. (Is. 43:4) And then he shows up in a barn and announces that “He is with us”. He tells us through a former Jesus prosecutor that the greatest secret on earth has put on display in your lives: “Christ lives in you” … and all of God’s glory is on display in you. What if God did this to your life? What if He disrupted every corner of your life to share that the impossible is now possible through “your” life in Christ. What if He told you you don’t have anything to fear? The message of your life is that you have been brought out of a place of darkness into a life that is extravagantly alive with the goodness and grace of Jesus Christ. Why would we fear such a moment? Because it will mean that everything in your life .. your marriage .. your children .. your friends and neighbors .. and where you work will be available for God to invade and infect with His life. What if He disrupts all the plans you’ve made? Our lives are not just about a story that happened but about a story that is happening today. And God’s story fills in all the holes of your life .. the ones hidden and the ones you try to manage everyday. The life of Jesus is indeed a holy disruption .. sometimes when we are prepared .. but more often when we are least expecting Him to show up. And when He does it is with an energy and goodness that is irresistible. Is there room for Him in your heart today…? It only takes a moment …

“He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.” Titus 2:14 The Message

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