Very simply … just being yourself…

August 6, 2012

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. … With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are ….” Matt. 6:6-9 The Message

We want a “place” where we can meet God. And God wants a “place” in your heart where His grace can be all that His grace has become through Christ. Jesus has come so that your heart can be open .. unafraid .. and filled with the fullness of His life. He’s come so that your mind and thoughts can be fully revealed to Him and you don’t have to be afraid. Jesus has come so that you can finally know that nothing in your life is hidden from Him. And He’s come so that you can know that God isn’t holding back when it comes to revealing who He is .. how much He loves you .. and how far He’ll go to make you whole in His presence. Jesus has come so you can finally be yourself. You may not notice it at first .. but you’ll begin to change. It will be a lot of little things as Jesus moves in and makes you His place. All of God’s fullness is in Christ and in Christ all of His fullness is now expressed in you. When you pray … just be yourself. Prayer isn’t being someone you aren’t. Prayer is where you begin to really know God as your Father. He rejoices when you “come home” after wandering off. He’s always available and has all the time you need … even when you don’t have much time. Just being yourself without Christ is impossible. It’s “in Christ that you find out who you (really) are and what you are living for”. God, your Father knows exactly where .. when .. and what it takes for you to sense His grace so you’ll settle down and just be yourself. And in Christ .. it only takes a moment …

“For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you are also complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” Colossians 2:9-10 New Living Translation

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Christ-ones learning to be simply and honestly themselves following Jesus. (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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