Reminding each other .. again .. and again

May 14, 2012

“I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13 Holman Christian Standard

Why do we need to know and be reminded that we have eternal life through Jesus Christ? Because it reminds us that our true lives .. our true selves are found in Christ. We are prone to forget .. to drift .. and relegate Him to the last things instead of the first things. It’s not what you want to do for Him .. It’s what Christ wants to do through you. When you say you believe in the name of the Son of God you are saying that His life is the “everything” you want in your life. That often collides with “everything” you’re trying to hold on to or grab hold of. Christ’s life is so much more than we can ever comprehend. God made it very easy once when He said to know Him was: “to do justice .. love mercy .. and walk humbly with your God.” That seems so easy and yet we fail to love justice everyday. We see it all around us when someone is ignored .. rejected .. or passed over. It can be so inconvenient and interrupt your plans. We fail to be merciful in so many ways. Every day there are men and women stumbling around us trying to make life work with so many broken pieces. How did Jesus treat you when you encountered Him with all your broken parts? That’s all He’s asking you to do. It can be so inconvenient and interrupt your plans. We often make humility something to learn when we fail rather than an abiding characteristic of everyday living. Jesus said if you would “keep company with Me, you would learn to live freely and lightly”. Real humility is about keeping company with Jesus. That can be difficult with so many companies vying for your loyalties. It can be so inconvenient and interrupt your plans. Jesus didn’t make life with Him complicated. The lack of His presence is often preceded by the lack of practicing His presence. It doesn’t matter if you’re washing pots and pans like Brother Lawrence .. managing people .. chasing children .. meeting deadlines .. or just being faithful where God has you at this moment. It only takes a moment …

“As we keep his commands, we live deeply in him, and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us.” 1 John 3:24 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Pots-and-Pans Scrubbers .. Toddler-chasers .. and Name-Believing Followers of Jesus 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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