January 31, 2012
“Are you tired? Worn out? BUrned out on religion?. Come to Me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me … watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matt. 11:28-30 The Message
There isn’t anything confusing about the life and the direction Jesus will lead in you. He will and does lead you on the outside but the deepest strength of His words are the indwelling promise of giving you a life filled with grace .. a good fit .. and a life lived lightly and freely. It doesn’t mean life will become easy. It means that Jesus wants to show you how to take a rest .. how to walk alongside Him .. and how to work in a grace-less world with a grace-filled life. You’ll stand out with anyone else who has stopped living your life on this world’s terms and conditions. But still … Jesus offers you His life. He already knows how much is demanded from your life. His promise is a life that will “fit” you. It’s His offer. Jesus isn’t going to demand for you to change. In fact He informs us of just the opposite: a life following Him will “learn” just what grace demands. And your life today…? It only takes a moment …
“Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.” John 6:37-38 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to the Tired .. Worn Out .. and Burned Out who discover that life with Jesus is unforced.