Over your head…?

“Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.” Psalm 51:16-17 The Message

Jesus came to find you. He knows how this world works with its formulas and self-prescribed agendas to end up on top. He’s never been impressed with how high your life could rise but by how far you will go to reach another life .. to risk rejection by offering His love .. to see life through His eyes and serve another person in His name. David was a God-hearted man who learned how to worship when his life collapsed. He discovered that God was already there ready to pick him .. put him back together .. and pour in His fresh-starting .. clean-slating love. He’s that way for you today. It’s not your performance that the Lord is after. It’s your heart .. the real you that is unseen except by Him. And you get there by exhausting your life trying to not fail .. trying to be flawless or as near flawless as possible .. and living in control. But the God who remembers His covenant time and time again simply says to you: Don’t be afraid. I’ve redeemed you. You’re mine” He knows us all too well that fear lurks just below the surface out of sight. He didn’t redeem you when you thought you had it all together. It was exactly the opposite: He redeemed you when you were un-redeemable. No one else would claim you except the liars and darkness of this world. But God wanted you ready for love .. living in His presence .. learning to love the Life He has given you. How do you get in over your head? By looking at what’s in it for you .. not where is the Lord in this. If I do it well .. will He bless me? It’s not the position the Lord is after in your life. He’s after you and follows after you .. waiting for you when you are at the end of your rope .. and reminds you that your life is not a dead-end. He’s the Lord who opens a way where there is not a way. It’s so easy to live a distracted life. Jesus invites you to fix your eyes on Him. It’s His life that steps into your life and puts all those shattered pieces back together. It only takes a moment …

“Don’t be afraid. I’ve redeemed you. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and hard place, it won’t be a dead end–” Isaiah 43:2

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Heart-shattered into Whole-hearted followers of Jesus and friend of Priority One 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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