Except for …

January 24, 2012

“For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. … so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but in God’s power.” 1 Cor. 2:2-5 Holman Christian Standard

To know Christ … To make Him known … To answer others with hope and grace … and To live your life in His Spirit in such a way that the only explanation is the Cross. The Cross of Jesus Christ opens your life to live freely in this world. The Cross doesn’t call you to live ignorantly or arrogantly. You’ve been called into a life that is identified by a Cross. The world around you wants you to keep that hidden and irrelevant in living your life. You aren’t called to be offensive in the way you live. It is the Cross ..and the Cross alone that is offensive to the wise and powerful and even the broken. We are all born trying to fix our own lives and make them something that will last forever. Boasting in the Cross is always a moment of grace .. shared with a friend or shared with a life hanging by a thread or even hopelessly lost .. but always with gentleness and respect. Sometimes it may look forceful. Sometimes it may look like a normal conversation. Sometimes it is just you sharing the “one-thing” you know is the perfect love for another life. Boasting in the Cross is not about being filled up but poured out for others. It usually is an interruption in the world’s patterns of fitting in or pleasing others. But it is always a gift that can never be repaid. And when you are rejected or humiliated … the Cross of Christ will set you free for the Life that Jesus is living in you. Nothing you face today is greater than the Cross of Christ. And as you begin this day … nothing is as easy as taking a moment in Him …

“For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate.” Galatians 6:14 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Cross-Roaded Followers of 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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