Reconciled …

If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life! Romans 5:10 The Message

God’s “friends” carry a word in their hearts and minds not found anywhere else on earth: reconciled. You’ve been reconciled to God .. the slate wiped clean .. your records washed clean .. your name is spotless .. your life is faultless .. because of Jesus. You become on of God’s friends when you are at your worst. No amount of activity on your part can reverse the worst of your life before God. But the Son changes all of your worst into His best in you. His life is now the means by which your life deepens and expands. You really can start this day or stop in the midst of it and begin in the freshness of His Spirit’s scrubbing power .. lifting power .. and worshipping power. It’s His life in you that is your nourishment. His Word guides and directs your life through His life. Isn’t it amazing that you can actually place your thoughts .. plans .. and actions of the day on the altar of His grace? You don’t have to approach Him in fear. Reconciled friends of Jesus … that’s what you are and become through his sacrificial death. In Christ you have all the currency of grace to spend serving others so that they may become God’s friends as well. And the work that Christ is doing in you…? It’s flawless. It only takes a moment …

“There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.” Psalm 19:11-14 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Vibrantly Colored Friends of Jesus. (

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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