No longer …

June 25, 2012

“God’s business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye.” Psalm 11:7 The Message

God loves making men and women right .. getting the lines straight in their lives .. standing us up so that we no longer have to look down. Guilt .. fear .. and shame cause you to look down and away from the Lord. Fear is the faith of condemnation. You don’t feel good enough. You don’t think God will ever make you truly whole. You just try to settle for something less than believing that you are His delight. And that is where God steps right into the middle of your heart. He knows there is no way you could ever make yourself believe that God is that good .. the gospel is that real .. and His grace is that life-changing. So, God has entered the business of making your life and other lives right. And once you are right with God you don’t look down on anyone .. you look across and you help someone stand up with the same grace that is holding your head up today. After all .. it was a gift you cannot repay and a gift you can only freely give. You’re right because you know that it was through Christ that your life was put together. It is through Christ that you are well. It’s even through Christ that you believe. And all those crooked lines that you see in your life? … God doesn’t see them that way. He loves what He sees His Son doing in your life. This world accords favorites based on all the things that eventually leave you crooked and bent over. But God doesn’t play that way. His door is open .. everywhere .. among everyone. It makes no difference where you’ve come from when you begin to want God. And then you begin to want “to do” what He says. And what He says fits you “freely and lightly. Because Jesus has worn All of your life-stealing and life-crushing moments on the cross. In Christ you are no longer an outsider .. no longer anonymous .. no longer alone. And it only takes a moment …

“It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from — if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. The Message he sent to the children of Israel — that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again — well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone.” Acts 10:34-36 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to No Longer Outsiders 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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