The Gift … of His Leaving

May 17, 2012

“So let me say it again, this truth: It’s better for you that I leave. If I don’t leave, the Friend won’t come. But if I go, I’ll send him to you.” John 16:7 The Message

If Jesus remained on earth after his resurrection, your faith would never develop. Your trust would not deepen. Your life in Christ would not be whole in the hope of seeing Him again. When He left, the Holy Spirit arrived in your life. For some it is rather dramatic .. life altering. For others it is quieter .. a deeper reality of Christ’s indwelling life. In both lives the Holy Spirit reminds you over and over that you are not alone. His mission and ministry is to make real in you all that Christ has done for you. He reminds you that you are whole in Christ when all you see or feel are heart-shattered and heart-broken parts. He reminds you that you’re loved with an everlasting love .. an indefatigable love .. and an indwelling love. He reminds you that nothing can separate you from the love of Christ. He reminds you because He knows that you are susceptible to forgetting and shaping God through you circumstances. Leaving was Christ’s gift to becoming more real in your life than you could ever imagine. Sometimes He seems distant .. but He isn’t. Sometimes the mere fact of living in this fallen and broken world leaves you feeling abandoned .. but you aren’t. Sometimes the path ahead is unclear or clouded .. but His grip holds you securely. His leaving is the soil for your trust and obedience. In His place is grace. In His place is His word. In His place is the Friend .. the Counselor .. and the One who comes alongside to guide into all truth. The Holy Spirit takes words like: justified .. sanctified .. and righteousness and shapes them into the everyday patterns of your life so that people see Jesus in you. He left so that your faith might be made real. He left so you would follow and seek Him daily. It only takes a moment …

“I will not leave you orphaned. .. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you.” John 14:28, 25-26 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Perfectly Shaped Saints following Jesus and friends of Priority One. (

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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