May 25, 2012

“Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” John 8:31 The Message

When you are living out the “terms” of following Jesus .. belonging to Him .. making Him the foundation of your whole life .. you’ll be His disciple. It means you’ve accepted His invitation to “walk with Me, work with Me, and watch how I do it”. There will be internal conflicts. The “old” parts of you will want to set your own terms or add balance. The world around you wants you on its terms as well. Jesus has made it very clear what being His disciple means: you are going to be hated by the “world” you live in. Why? Because they hated him first and now you are proclaiming that Christ is the meaning of your life. We too often try to make peace with this world instead of living and working with the indwelling peace of Christ. Being His disciple is about living on God’s terms: seeking His heart .. being available for His purposes .. and learning to love His life living in you. God said he would “sell off the whole world to get you back .. trade the creation just for you”. That means He’s placed a great price on your life. It means you begin to love people with the same image … and sometimes they can be the most irritable and exhausting people to be around .. just like you were when Jesus picked you. Being His disciple means you are declaring that He sets the terms of living. Don’t worry … He’s patient with you. He knows it’s going to take some time for you to be comfortable letting Him set the terms. They are never what you expect. They are far better and overwhelmingly filled with grace. You’ll see … it only takes a moment …

“If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you.” John 15:19 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Disciples following the Holy Discipler 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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