Your life out in the open …

January 3, 2012

“This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them.” 1 Timothy 1:15 Holman Christian Standard

The last thing Jesus wants you to see in the mirror is a broken image of yourself. He wants you to see the new life you have in Him. And when you really see “that” you don’t see the former things .. the worst things .. or the lingering flaws. You see His mercy .. His endless love for you .. and His endless love in you … and you just shake your head and quietly laugh at God’s extraordinary patience. God’s aim isn’t for you to wear your “worst things” as a constant reminder or as a badge of humility. Your life is His example of what new life in Christ looks like out in the open .. on display .. as a work under construction .. a grace-work in progress. You’re all of those things and more. And knowing this means you can look around the world you live in and believe that Christ came into “your” world to save sinners .. just like you. There isn’t a best of or a worst of list with God. He sees His kindness and mercy at work through His Son .. in you. He sees His full acceptance through His Son .. in you. He sees your believing-life in His Son. Maybe you first saw it in another life when you thought there was no way God could ever accept you .. forgive you .. or set you free. And now God wants your life to be that same grace-alive gift to someone around you. It is a battle worth fighting. It is a faith worth living. You may look at yourself and say “I am the worst of …” … but greater than that is the mercy you’ve received through Christ. This is the working truth of the gospel. It’s about your life and it only takes a moment …

“But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 Holman Christian Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Head-Shaking-Wonders-of-God’s Patience following 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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