There is no comparison …

August 3, 2012

“Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name, everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.” Acts 10:43 New American Standard

What your life “is” in Christ is unlike any of life. By believing in Him .. in His life .. in His death .. you receive forgiveness of your sins. The world around you tries desperately to distract you from life-changing power of Jesus Christ. They have to .. They have no other choice. Your life is made to “feel” just like any other life except that you believe in Jesus and they don’t .. and your lives are both equal. It’s a lie. Everything about your life is now seen through the gospel. As one city preacher wrote: it really is “good news” .. not “good advice”. Your life is an announcement that the God of the universe .. Almighty God .. the GOD of Israel .. started at the very center of your life and has transformed your life through His Son. There is no comparison. Your life in Christ is unlike every life around you that is not in Christ. It means your life is a living .. breathing .. and walking display of God’s forgiveness. The only place people will every find this forgiveness is in a life like yours. If someone wants to know what forgiveness looks like .. feels like .. and how it works .. “You” are God’s choice to show them today. You .. with all your flaws .. faults .. and fears are the perfect expression of the greatness of Jesus Christ. That fact alone means that the world you live in will expend everything to keep you from living out that good news and freedom. You know what it is like to be an outsider. And you know that becoming a Christ-insider was not because you earned it or just got lucky. You know that because God’s forgiveness found you when you weren’t looking .. and freed you before you even asked. All you had to do was receive .. trust .. let go and take hold of the One who will never let go of you. The serious business of “good news” is filled with laughter .. tears .. joy .. pain .. victory .. defeats .. battles .. and grace-filled moments of indefatigable peace. In Christ … it only takes a moment …

“He treated the outsiders exactly as he treated us, beginning at the very center of who they were and working from that center outward, cleaning up their lives as they trusted and believed him.” Acts 15:9 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Incomparable Outside-Insiders 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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