August 13, 2012

“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you — from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” 1 Peter 2:9-10 The Message

Who would ever choose a man whose life resume listed Messiah-rejecter as one of his accomplishments? Jesus, the rejected-Messiah choose such a man. He wasn’t qualified to be a priest but he was authorized to tell us that “we” … you and me … have been chosen by God for the priestly work of speaking out for Christ. The job description is simple: tell others of the “night-and-day difference” that Jesus Christ has made in your life. You can’t ever get around the calling. God’s not going to shame you or wear you down. You can try to substitute your own work to keep you busy and distracted. You can fill up your schedule so you won’t have time. You can even disguise your resistance behind your family. Being identified with Christ is indeed a night and day difference of who you used to be and who you are now … through Christ. If you know what “nothing” feels like on the inside apart from Christ … then you know how life-changing it really is to be made into “something” because of Jesus. If you’ve ever been rejected .. tossed to the side .. ignored .. passed over … then you know how life-changing it really is to be completely “accepted” in Christ. Speaking of these thing cuts across every area of life. In fact, it is far easier to just set a good example .. act kindly .. and serve graciously than to freely give away Who changed your life forever. God isn’t asking you to be someone you are not. He’s simply calling you to be the man or woman you’ve become because of a cross and an empty grave. Through God’s incredible grace your life has gone from nothing to something. People live their lives everyday wishing that someone , maybe even one person would accept them. But in Christ, you are accepted .. blameless .. and faultless. Your life is indeed a night-and-day difference … chosen for this time .. for this place .. and even this day. It only takes a moment …

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Former-Rejected-turned-Accepted and following Jesus Christ. 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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