Always open for you …

October 8, 2012

“Hundreds of sick people-blind-crippled-paralyzed- were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, “Do you want to get well?” John 3-6 The Message

You ever wonder if God can see through all the layers of people and see you. Jesus found a man who lying among sick-blind-crippled-and paralyzed. He’d been that way for 38 years. Think he had lost hope .. worn out his friendships .. forgotten how to pray .. or much less have any trust in God? He asked the obvious question? Just like He asks you. “Do you want to get well?” Because the real place of sickness .. blindness .. crippling .. and paralyzing is in your heart. That doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t heal. He still does. With Jesus … his door is always open. It doesn’t matter if there hundreds of every condition all around you. It doesn’t matter if you are the only one. His door is open. And everyone who comes to Him is welcome. That doesn’t mean “you” have to go where Jesus is. There isn’t anything obvious about the question Jesus would ask you. It’s only clear to you … and Jesus. Do you want to get well? Do you want to let go? Do you want to forgive? Do you want to be forgiven? Do you really want Me to take over? He sees all the alcoves in your life where years of wounds .. scars .. and fears try to hide. What happens to you is what happened to a man who once hunted down Christ-followers. He became one and spent the rest of his life talking about the kingdom of God and explaining Jesus Christ to anyone who came to visit. His door was always open. That’s what happens when you get well. The door of your life is open and you begin explaining about this Jesus who made you well. It’s not always with words. It’s His Spirit in you that makes people feel welcome .. maybe welcome enough to hear Him ask the same question: “Do you want to get well?” One little question and it only takes a moment …

“Paul lived for two years in his rented house. He welcomed everyone who came to visit. He urgently presented all matters of the kingdom of God. He explained everything about Jesus Christ. His door was always open.” Acts 28:30-31 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Temporary Renters 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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