April 19, 2013

“This is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.” Joel 2:12-13 New Living Translation

What will it take for us .. you and me .. to let go of all those “things” that grab our attention and occupy that space in our hearts where the Lord wants the full run-of-the-house? God hasn’t stopped calling his people to turn back to him from the beginning. He’s still doing it today, except now that message has a cross visible where words often evaporate. We are consumed as a nation by the very things that consumed God’s people way back. We are seduced by every imaginable image .. product .. and false promise. As churches, we are separated by missions .. methods .. personal preferences .. and often disguised jealousies and fears. We rarely pray together. Even rarer is when a city worships together. What would it look like if a whole city shut down to pray .. to seek the Lord .. to confess our sins .. to let go .. to repent .. to open our hearts to His compassion .. healing .. forgiveness .. reconciliation .. and indwelling life? How would Jesus lead such a movement in a city … even in a church? Where will God begin such a movement? Who will lead? Who will be stop against the tide and flow and pray? Who will run towards .. walk towards .. and wait on Jesus? What would your city look like if everything stopped and God’s people prayed? What walls would come down? What rain of grace would fall? What wounds would begin to heal? What friendships would be restored? How healing would the forgiveness of Jesus be in your city .. your church .. your family .. and in your life? It only takes a moment …

“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God” Hebrews 12:1-2 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to God’s People who keep their eyes on Jesus and friends of Priority One (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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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