Losing Control to the Lord who pursues …

January 9, 2012

“When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh Lord, please leave me — I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” Luke 5:8 New Living Translation

When you encounter Jesus you see all of your shame-filled .. guilt-filled .. and fear-filled “self”. You see your stored thoughts .. past actions and inactions .. hidden flaws and failings in your heart. They are all there in that moment. Our first impulse is to hide .. flee .. or push Him away. But He doesn’t move. Your sin doesn’t push him away. In fact, Jesus is much more in tune with all that consumes your life. He sees the strife .. the stress .. and the struggles you face everyday. And instead of leave you alone .. He invites you to join Him .. to follow Him .. and learn all about the faith He is working into your life. Your faith isn’t about you but about Jesus. Why? Because He is the One who purifying the deepest places of your life. And that takes time .. the same kind of time and power that raised Him from the dead. It’s not always pleasant. There are rough areas in every man and woman. No amount of fish .. success or other great gains can prove your faith to be genuine. That takes the Lordship of Jesus and His ownership of your life. No one likes losing control in front of others much less in front of Jesus. Losing control isn’t His requirement. It’s just seems to happen to everyone who encounters Jesus along the path of their life .. and yours is no different. He’s not asking for your cooperation but for your full and complete surrender. It hasn’t changed for two thousand years. No one follows a lord who demands. The Lord Jesus Christ pursued you and is pursuing you at this moment. And He has promised that the work of His life in you will be greater than gold. He has promised to make your life genuine in a “faith that makes your life worth living.” It only takes a moment .. and another moment … and another moment … and yet He remains the same …

“These trials show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold — though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:7 New Living Translation

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Christ Followers 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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