October 25, 2012

“Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here — given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found! And they began to have a wonderful time.” Luke 15:22-24 The Message

You can end up in unimaginable places. All along the way you’re thinking that will never happen to “me”. You can carry a tremendous amount of care and anxiety in your life. You can carry it around wanting it not to be there but at the end of the day there it is. Jesus describes very real lives: “given up for dead but now alive .. given up for lost but now found”. Maybe you’ve been at that very place and moment when everything and everyone around you felt beyond help and beyond hope. Jesus tells this story to describe what God the Father is really like in real life. You think: If I can only make it home .. just maybe they’ll give me a little corner to live in? Jesus could have described this Father as stern but fair .. carefully compassionate .. and measured in His love. But instead He describes God as this Father who hears your story but He’s beside Himself that you’ve come home. You’re not even cleaned up and already the party is announced and restored and the past is covered. Why this story? Because you and I are prone to demanding that God give us control and sometimes He does knowing that you’ll be lost and feel dead. Jesus describes this Father because as His Son he knows what He is really like and he knows what you are really like as well. God is surrounded by celebration. Grace and goodness are the family clothes custom-made for you. Jesus has already worn your death smelling clothes. He’s already walked every step of your lost path. There isn’t a care in your world that the Lord won’t carry for you. He knows just how hard it is to really let go of familiar anxieties. But He knows something even greater: This Father has the grace that restores .. life for those who’ve given up .. and love that can’t stop celebrating. And Jesus really is the One … who only takes a moment…

“.. casting all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 New American Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Christ Followers finding their way home 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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