Out of exile …


 September 10, 2012


“That’s plain enough isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders.” Ephesians 2:18 The Message It doesn’t matter how stable a life looks on the outside. Without Christ you are walking and living an exiled life. You’ll never find your true home through your own efforts and achievements. Those aren’t bad things .. they just won’t lead you home. On the outside everything in your life can look in order .. efficiently managed .. and worry free. There are real struggles but overall you can project a life that’s within the rules for living a good life. But on the inside you begin to notice that rule-keeping doesn’t lead you home where you can finally rest from managing all the moving parts of your life. A former wanderer once wrote that faith is the “firm foundation that makes life worth living”. That life doesn’t begin on the outside but on the inside where Christ is making his home. And on the inside He is cleaning up your life. He’s already done the real work on the cross but the reality of His life takes every former-exile and self-wanderer time to really trust Him. He’s not in a hurry obviously. He’s going room by room through your heart and mind setting things right. All Jesus is asking of you is to trust Him. He found you when you were wandering. He chose to be exiled so you could know that you’re no longer an outsider. Whatever you are facing today … it only takes a moment …


“So, if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ — that’s where the the action is. See things from his perspective.” Colossians 3:1-2 The Message


Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to the Fellowship of the Found following Jesus and friends of Priority One. (ken@priorityone.org)

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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