Putting you together … Sending you out …

October 15, 2012

“But don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God’s covenants and promises in Israel … you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything.” Ephesians 2:11-13 The Message

Outside of Christ … that’s what your life looked like before Jesus tore down all the walls between you and God. You were an “outsider” .. “no idea of how God works .. hadn’t a clue of what God was doing”. On one side of the wall was the covenant-insiders and on the other side were don’t-belong-here folks. But Jesus demolished those invisible walls that still try to keep people on the outside from coming inside. God’s Covenant was God saying” “You’re mine .. I’m not backing out .. I’m not letting go .. I know who you are and I want you whole inside and out”. Only Jesus can bring the kinds of walls down that we erect within ourselves. Only Jesus can bring the kinds of walls down that separate us from each other. And only Jesus has made a peace that can hold us together through the Cross. Because at the Cross no one has an advantage. You don’t .. I don’t .. no one has an inside advantage. Christ has torn down all the insider and outsider labels. He’s made a new community of men and women who share one identity: IN CHRIST. And with that new identity comes a joyful urgency to share this message of a radically new life .. radically different .. radically changed .. and radically loved. Jesus sends you out with the same message that twelve men carried into villages and homes. You’re no different than they were. The same walls still exist and Jesus is still looking for the same kind of lives to carry a radical message that brings walls down and invites outsiders to come inside. There is no life behind this world’s walls. And no matter how far you’ve come or far you think you have to go … Jesus is your peace .. your fresh start .. and your true identity. It only takes a moment …

“Then they were on the road. They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different, right and left they sent the demons packing, they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits.” Mark 6:12-13 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to No-Longer-Walled-In Outsiders 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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