December 27, 2011

“May what our Master Jesus Christ give freely be deeply and personally yours, my friends. Oh yes! Galatians 6:18 The Message

When it comes to what God has for your life there are three images: freely … deeply … and personally. Somewhere inside of you (or us) are hidden parts that just cannot believe or receive that what Christ has done in your life is free. Everything about what Jesus does for you arrives freely .. no strings attached .. and no hidden agendas. It was the only way you were ever going to freely invite Him to love you deeply. We will talk about love .. move among loving people .. but don’t try to force me to live in the freedom of “being loved” by Jesus. He uses some of the most unusual people to melt your defenses and open your heart to being loved “freely”. And deeply …? It’s where you live in your life most of the time: deeply. You may try to hide it or disguise it from others out of fear of being hurt, but you were made to be loved deeply. And you don’t have to try to dig out all those places you’ve covered up or wait until you’ve earned the right to enter His abidingly-deep love. Jesus loves you deeply all of the time and He loves you personally … something uniquely wrapped in your skin that God is speaking into your life that is different from anyone else. You are “alive in Christ” and the Lord deeply wants you to let go of those sin-dead portions of your life. You can be sin-dead and look entirely presentable and respectable on the outside … but that is not the same as being loved personally into freedom in Christ. What you can do is open your heart today to “all” that Christ longs to do in you. It only takes a moment …

“He took our sin dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.” Ephesians 2:6 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Jesus Followers learning to live in the present tense company 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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