A New Way of Life …

October 31, 2012

“He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! The he picked us up  and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.” Ephesians 2:5-6 The Message

Jesus isn’t looking for volunteers. He’s calling a community of God-fashioned men and women to live a new way of life. It is entirely new .. formed by His life .. and filled with His life. This is the resurrection life He offers .. once dead .. now alive. This is the restored life He offers .. once trying to live with all the pieces .. now learning to live whole in his peace. This is the renewed life He offers .. once bound up and suffocating on the inside .. now breathing lungs filled with grace. You can’t make up this kind of life. You can’t sustain it by your own resources. You can only accept His offer. He’ll meet you in the most ordinary acts and unseen moments of this day. The truth about Jesus is that He wants to live His life through you today. He wants to do this in every single area of your life. He’s not in a hurry as you count hurry. He’s in the reproducing business of forming His character .. His life .. and His Spirit in you in such a way that you no longer have to “try” and live this life. Your trying is turned into trusting. God loves it when you give up trying and pretending to live on the outside when the inside is worn out .. dried out .. and burned out on . It isn’t the life He created for you. His life is entirely new .. a new way of thinking .. a new way of loving .. and a new way of living in the world you live in. Jesus knows exactly where to go to work in your life. He’s not waiting for your help. He really does want to do everything in your life. His offer is free. His work is complete. His presence is promised.  And it only takes a moment …

” .. And then take on an entirely new way of life — a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.” Ephesians 4:24 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Men and Women of a New Way of Life 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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