When it doesn’t make sense…

March 6, 2013

” “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9 The Message

When is grace enough? God could have made it so much easier. He could have made grace a reward for faith .. something you could measure .. store up for another time .. or carry around like currency. Instead, the Lord made grace to be a gift: It is  His “I-am-with-you” .. “I-will-never-leave-you” .. and  “I-will-be-your-strength” promise. It is His unfailing .. indefatigable .. never-give-up-on-you love found in Christ. Everyone who follows Jesus finds their life needing His grace at moments of desperation .. moments of overwhelming weakness .. moments of confusion and despair .. moments of hopelessness .. moments of doubt .. moments of fear and frustration .. and any moment where you find yourself at the end of yourself. One person may find “enough grace” for the smallest of needs; while you may be at the end of your rope wondering why God hasn’t come through .. although you’ve asked over and over. And instead of an “answer”, you find grace. You find His strength where you have none. You may have wanted something else but the Lord gives you the promise of His abiding life. It’s hard to let God be enough in our weaknesses. We want to maintain control .. or at least appear to be in control. Where will you focus today? On Christ .. or yourself? It only takes a moment … 

“I’m sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. I’m sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me.” Acts 26:17-18 The Message

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