Acceptance….

September 3, 2012

“When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan (who was the son of Saul), came before David, he bowed deeply, abasing himself, honoring David. David spoke his name: “Mephibosheth.” “Yes sir?” “Don’t be frightened,” said David. “I’d like to do something special for you in memory of your father Jonathan. To begin with, I’m returning to you all the properties of your grandfather Saul. Furthermore, from now on you’ll take all your meals at my table.” Shuffling and stammering, not looking him in the eye, Mephibosheth said, “Who am I that you pay attention to a stray dog like me?” 2 Samuel 9:6-8 The Message

We go to great lengths to make ourselves acceptable. We do it in any number of ways .. what we say .. how we act .. what we wear. We even do it with those that are the closest to us. But deep down, in our quietest moments, we know who we really are and secretly hope that no one will ever find out. Mephibosheth was the last living heir to Saul’s throne. He was hiding out in an unnoticed corner of Israel. He was married .. a father .. and was crippled in both feet. He didn’t want to be found. And just like you .. God had different plans. David acted like another King who has found you: He restored him .. calling him by name .. honoring him with a place at his table .. and providing for his family’s future. Mephibosheth became like a son of the King with all rights and privileges .. fully accepted despite and in spite of who he really was. That’s how it is with Jesus. You are fully accepted in Him. He knows your name. You no longer have any reason to hide. He invites you into His presence, no strings attached, to eat at his table for the rest of your days and longer. He covers you through His amazing act of love on a cross. You are invited to come, as the old hymn says .. “just as I am” .. it only takes a moment …

“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people – free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need…” Epheisans 1:4-8 The Message

Chip King (a Grandfather gripper) and Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Found-Accepted-and Restored Followers of 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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