From David to you … What God sees (1)

May 21, 2012

“But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 The Message

He was overlooked and without a resume. He wasn’t qualified to lead an army of anything at first glance. There wasn’t anything about him that stood out. There wasn’t anything about him .. but God was looking at his heart. And just like David .. God is looking at your heart. Uncertainty? Insecurity? Longing? Bruises? Fear? Room for Him to work? The Gospel of Jesus Christ is about possession not performance. It’s not about what you’ve done or will do. It’s about the Lord moving in and taking possession not by force but by grace. And He doesn’t just move in indiscriminately. He knows your heart’s history. He knows what has gone into shaping you from the outside in and inside out. Jesus said that real heart disease is not what you put in your life but what comes out of your heart. The wonder of it all is that God sees all the junk .. all the broken parts .. all the self-protection .. and all the self-preserving and sees what no one else sees. He sees your heart and sends His Son to reclaim .. redeem .. and restore what has been damaged and proclaimed beyond salvage by this world. Jesus hasn’t missed or unheard one heartbeat of your life. He’s the One who opens your heart to see. How strange that the Lord opens your heart to see and not your eyes. Maybe it’s because He created you to see .. to know .. to believe .. and to be loved by Him through your heart first. And just like David .. He sees you when no else does .. and calls you by name when no one is looking in your direction. It only takes a moment …

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.” Ephesians 1:18-19 Holman Christian Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to David’s Family Members following 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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