Losing Control is a gift … pure and gracious!

January 12, 2012

“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes — the Jews first and also the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 New Living Translation

The Christian life is learning to love the Life that Christ is living in you. The power of God at work is that God is good. His saving work is the Gospel is real. And a righteous life is found because the Grace of God through Jesus Christ is life-changing. The reality of God’s love is that it can become more real to you than anything or anyone you know. Jesus changes your heart from serving and saving yourself. His Gospel .. His Good News .. His Life-Saving Message is truly a gift. You can’t earn it .. work hard enough for it .. make up for all the mistakes .. or overcome all of your shortcomings and flaws. In the midst of all of that God offers you His saving love in the life of His Son. It’s gift that is truly free but it doesn’t free you to live as you want. It frees you to live and love out of the indwelling life of Jesus who is alive in your life. The Good News of Jesus literally, figuratively, and spiritually changes you. You are graciously loved and accepted by putting your faith in Christ .. not in yourself .. not in your old patterns .. not even in others. In exchange .. you are changed from the inside out: new identity .. new understanding of yourself .. a Gospel size view of the world .. and a heart change and love that give you the strength to avoid and escape the false lovers that fill your world. They look like anything that takes your life away from Jesus. As one New York street-called Jesus-follower said: “You are accepted by God by sheer grace through the work of Christ regardless of anything you have done or are doing.” A German pastor said that grace that doesn’t change the way you live is merely “cheap grace”. You can’t stay alone in Christ. His life in you directs your path toward others .. some hurting .. some alone .. some suffering .. some homeless .. some scared .. some wandering .. some just trying desperately to make life work for today or are just holding on. It’s not you that opens your eyes but Jesus opening your eyes to see. Forgiveness is granted .. Friendships formed .. and Families are born …. in Christ. This is the life He offers … pure and gracious. It only takes a moment …

“This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”” Romans 1:17 New Living Translation

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to God’s Grace-Filled Works 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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