A Devoured Life

May 7, 2012

“What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. .. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.” Romans 6:7-11 The Message

“The Gospel devours your entire life”. Everything about you .. good or bad .. gets included in Christ’s sin-conquering death. And make no mistake about it .. the real things in your life that grip you or cause you to lie to yourself or others need conquering. The real way to life is through Christ. That’s why the Gospel .. the good news about Jesus .. devours your life. Sin offers you a life but not a real life with God. It may look innocent enough .. even successful .. but if it isn’t connected to Christ’s life-saving resurrection .. it’s not real. The Gospel that saved you is also the Gospel that directs your steps. It is also the Gospel that opens the door for you to show God’s love to someone in the world you live in. Because if Christ’s risen life is your life, then God wants to teach you your mother tongue .. your truth-laced language of love. “You are dead to sin and alive to God”. And yet, sin wants to make you lazy and feel like you are powerless to change. That part is true: you are powerless to change on your own. But Christ makes you alive. It is the one way God wanted you to know how much he loves you today: He sent his only Son to conquer the things that want to devour you. Instead of being devoured by sin .. Jesus comes to devour your life in His love .. and through His life. And you in turn must learn a new language. It only takes a moment …

“This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to gospel-devoured 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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