January 29, 2013
“As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.” 1 Peter 1:17 The Message
Life in Christ is a life shaped by Christ. God hasn’t left it up to you. He’s called you into a way of life that invades every corner and aspect of who you are: a holy life. At first glance it feels impossible because it is without Jesus at the center of your life. The hidden battle in most of our lives is at what point do “I” really take God at His word and trust that He has my best interest at heart. The world you live in is always whispering that you need to look after yourself. Most of the time it happens in your ordinary, everyday, walking-around life. This world will endorse and celebrate you if you are religious or some undefined spiritual life. But this isn’t the life God has called you into through Jesus Christ. Jesus never talked about being religious. He didn’t point men and women into a spiritual life. He called men and women just like you into a relational life with the Father .. “an energetic life blazing with holiness.” You can’t make this happen out of your own strength. If you try, you’ll eventually give up or accuse God of being unkind and uncaring. But when Christ is the living center of your life, you discover a new life ..renewed over and over by His Life. The holy life God intends for you today is in Christ. It’s His life .. His energy.. and the best life He longs for you to live. The very life God has called you to be … He will be in you. And your part today? Will you trust God and His Word? Will you trust Christ with your life today? It only take a moment….
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you; Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” Romans 12:1 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Lives Shaped by God following Jesus and friends of Priority One (firstname.lastname@example.org)