May 24, 2012

“He’ll show us the way he works so we can live the way we’re made.” Isaiah 2:3 The Message

When you belong to Jesus your life becomes the living witness of God’s redeeming work. He works on all those places in you that feel like nothing. He pours out His grace extravagantly .. lavishly .. and without limit on all those places in you that feel rejected .. forgotten .. or all alone. It takes God a long time to harvest the fruit of His acceptance into your everyday identity. You can’t claim it for yourself. It’s what Jesus brings into your life when He moves in. He lived every minute and moment of his life on earth completely confident in the Father’s acceptance. The margins of his life were not exhausted or crowded. There was time for the Father even when the needs were endless. The same life he lived is the same life he is making to live in you. We often shrink from telling others of the “night-and-day difference that Christ has made in our lives because we are so conscious of our own imperfections that we feel disqualified. That’s hardly the case with the Lord. He wants you to fully know how he works and with what great price and power he has made your life to represent Him. When you belong to Jesus your life is no longer your own to live as you please. The world is relentless in trying to confuse you about how much you can live for Christ. It will try to convince you that you only need to do your best because God doesn’t expect anything more. What a lie! God has poured out the life of His Son for you to live completely in you and that is always greater than your best. Whatever your day holds … the Lord longs for you to live in His care and available for His concerns. And those concerns will involve nothing-scarred hearts and rejected-scarred lives. And you are His choice to send in with the message of your life alive in Christ. It is a high calling and uncomfortably priestly work. You may not be used to it … but were made for it. Today in Christ … it only takes a moment ..,

“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you — from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” 1 Peter 2:9-10 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Night and Day Different 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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