Table manners …

February 18, 2013

“The way of life — to God! — is vigorous and requires your total attention. A lot of you are going to assume that you’ll sit down to God’s salvation banquet just because you’ve been hanging around the neighborhood all your lives. Well, one day you’re going to be banging on the door, wanting to get in, but you’ll find the door locked and the Master saying, ‘Sorry, you’re not on my guest list.'” Luke 13:24-25 The Message

Why does it take such a startling moment in our lives to wake us up to God’s reality? Sickness .. Death .. Divorce .. Success .. Failure .. Addictions .. Injustice .. Abandonment .. Rejection. What will it take for you to become serious .. all in .. and all out in your life with Christ? God has gone to inconceivable lengths to reach out with his hand of healing mercy and saving wholeness. He chose a scraggly shepherd family to be His People and make a way of salvation for all the earth. He left a story-filled path for us to follow. He gave us truth clothed in families. That we need His help is only ignored or dismissed by fools. His plan of redemption always included grace and the generosity of mercy-filled time for our hearts to turn back .. to let go of this cancerous world .. and take hold of the gift of salvation. Insiders so often become dulled by the richness of their nail-scarred identities. They (We) (You and I) forget that we are the living vessels that God wants to lavishly use to share the greatest gift we can give away. Jesus uses the image of a banquet setting to remind us that God has set a time when the door will close to outsiders and those just hanging around. He doesn’t use that image to scare you or condemn anyone. He points repeatedly to the Master .. The Father .. and his indefatigable patience. No one is forced or shut out who truly longs to be inside. The door is open to anyone hungry .. sick .. lonely .. homeless .. unnoticed .. high or low .. successful or failed. Jesus invites anyone to come … all in .. for all time .. from anywhere. It’s a serious business. It only takes a moment …

“For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing. … Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him.” Isaiah 30:15, 18 New American Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to The Longing-For who are following Jesus and friends of Priority One (KchesterP1@gmail.com)

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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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