Growing up because God wants you to …

November 12, 2012

“… to train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.” Ephesians 4:12-13 The Message

One of God’s loves for you is called “hesed”( a hebrew word). It means steadfast love of God .. the love that never quits .. the love that never gives up .. and the love that never runs out. It is the kind of love that abounds when there is no more reason to for such love to exist. We don’t know that kind of love because you and I run out of a love like this. His love endures forever. This isn’t a feeling or just a sweet emotion. It is the very essence of who God is and how he looks upon creation and upon your life created in His image. His love for you is so great because He wants you to be skilled in this servant work of living for Christ. It takes a “hesed” love to work that kind of skill into our lives. We’re tainted with kinds of prejudices. But God sees you living in a rhythmic and ease of life together through Jesus. His love for you is efficient not because he doesn’t waste but because he is so extravagant in loving you in the worst places in your life. He is efficient because He doesn’t give up. He loves you in all the interruptions .. unplanned moments .. with imperfect people .. and imperfect motives. But His Plan: Fully mature … Fully developed .. and Fully Alive like Christ! You don’t have to wonder how God is going about His Plan. Christ is the lead and source for your life. He’s the One who keeps us all in step together … especially when we are stepping on toes or getting out-of-joint with each other. It’s His breathe and blow flowing through us …nourishing you. “Hesed” love … there is nothing like it. (It sounds a lot like you are clearing the back of your throat when you are saying it). It is God’s daily sound over your life. It’s His rhythm for you. Christ is your source … and He only takes a moment …

“We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to The Hesed following Jesus and friends of Priority One (SPECIAL NOTE: CAROLYN AND I WILL BE ON A 5 DAY SILENT RETREAT AT A MONASTERY THIS WEEK. NOT SURE OF MY INTERNET ACCESS. SO IF YOU SEE “SILENCE” FROM GRACE-GRIPPED THIS WEEK … WELL … IT IS JUST GOD’S HESED LOVE FOR US … SHALOM MY DEAR FRIENDS!!)

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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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