God’s Son and you … and anyone else

January 24, 2013

“Then the jailer called for lights, rushed in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he escorted them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved — you and your household.” Acts 16:29-31 Holman Christian Standard

We would all like to control the moment and or events where faith is birthed. But whether you are down and out or up and out, God’s plan always reveals your question: “What must I do .. to be saved .. to be sober .. to be safe? What can I do to recover from this mess I am in? What do I have to do? The only thing “you” have to do is be out of all-of-your-doing. That’s the moment when you have nothing left but “the question”. That question arrives at different moments and occasions. You may have faced it already. But there are other moments that occur when “the question” comes rushing back again: “What must I do Lord?” Believing on the Lord Jesus saves you. That moment when you believe engulfs all those other moments when you wanted to believe or tried to bargain with God in exchange for saving you. There is only one exchange in being saved and that is Jesus’ life being exchanged for yours. There is nothing you can do or offer in return. You simply believe on the Lord Jesus and what He has done on your behalf. Simple…? Hardly. Believing in the Lord Jesus is about whether you will trust Him to be as the One who saved you. It is through His life that you find the strength and courage to face today. It’s not found by digging deep in your self but depending completely in who He is in your life. It’s in the everyday places of your life where trust is formed and forged. It may feel like an earthquake on the inside or look like one on the outside, but you have the saving grace of Jesus to depend on for today. It only takes a moment …

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” John 3:16-17 Holman Christian Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Christ Followers 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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