Feb. 3, 2012
“So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe – people and things, animals and atoms – get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.” Colossians 1:18-20 The Message
Grace-Gripped started 7 years ago writing to some friends about living life with Jesus. It has had several names that reflected a season or part of that journey but Grace-Gripped has been the walking and working name of living everyday in the reality of Christ. The truth about all of us is that we are all broken and dislocated in places. It doesn’t always look the same or happen the same way, but we share a very common birthright of broken .. sin-infected .. sin-weary .. and sin-scarred lives. Underneath all of this is a working truth or “life-glue” that God is good. We live in a fallen world that doesn’t always reflect His goodness and our own struggles .. stubbornness .. and short-sightedness cause us to lose focus from time to time. But greater than your struggles is the true reality that Jesus is indeed so spacious and roomy that your life in any condition will find room to heal .. become whole .. and truly alive in Christ. Is it that simple .. really? Yes .. I think it is. It’s simple enough to be dismissed as irrelevant. It’s simple enough to be distorted as narrow and judgmental. It’s even simple enough to be discounted as ancient and absent of real power. Simple …? … Except by those whose lives have been found and put back together in Him. You discover that it wasn’t you that put you back together. You begin to see fingerprints and nail-scarred impressions all through your life. You realize they have been there long before you ever recognized the first print of God’s grace in your life. To this end .. I am suspending Grace-Gripped while I complete writing (hopefully) (The JesusLife: Learning to Love the Life that Jesus is Living in Me). Many of the G-G’s over the years have contained parts of this story. It is my hope and prayer to write about this Life that Jesus wants to live in us. It’s that simple… I hope to resume writing Grace-Gripped in the near future. And I truly ask for your prayers as I walk forward in Christ .. with Christ .. and for Christ. It only takes a moment … it’s that simple .. really!
“The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple.” Colossians 1:27 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped has been sent M-F to Grace-Infected Followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (firstname.lastname@example.org)