Losing Control to the Lord who became like you …

January 10, 2012

“When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death — and the worst kind of death at that — a crucifixion.” Philippians 2:7-8 The Message

Deep down inside of you is a quiet, rarely seen part of you that thinks that you are pretty good .. fairly decent .. mostly kind and fair .. even loving toward others. And then there is another side of you .. maybe just as quiet, maybe rarely seen that is not so good .. rather selfish .. selectively kind .. showing love but really not living out of love toward others. In fact, there are so many seen and unseen parts of you that the only way God was ever going to get close to you was become you. So He did … He stepped into every detail of your life. He faced all the choices you’ve faced or will ever face. He was offered unimaginable positions and possessions if He would only lean away from Heaven. There isn’t anything hidden from His life. Jesus has opened His life to you to offer you an unimaginable life. He knows your scars because they have become His. He went through all of this for you so you would trust Him to be sufficient for this day .. for your whole life. That means He’s sufficient for your problems and pressures .. dreams and disappointments .. and every layer upon layer of days .. months .. and years you carry around inside. Jesus emptied himself of everything that would keep you from thinking that He couldn’t identify with your life. Funny … He never lost control because He only trusted in the One who really has the grace-filled and truth-filled control to manage your life into something unimaginably whole. He trusted His Father .. your true Father who has never stopped loving you for one moment .. never given up on you for one moment .. and never will. You can walk right up to Him … it only takes a moment …

“It’s obvious, of course, that he didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. …He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all — all but the sin. So, let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” Hebrews 2:16-17/4:15-16 The Message

Ken Chester:Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to You who follow 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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