July 8, 2013

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.” Matt. 5:13 The Message

Jesus never holds back the truth from your life. It’s not what you want to hear or see sometimes. The difference is what is on the other side of His truth: Grace … God-flavored .. clean-the-slate grace .. fresh-start grace .. stupid-sins grace .. grimeless-grace .. Son-washed grace .. and Spirit-scrubbed grace. A Shepherd-GiantKilling-Songwriter-King described God’s reputation as having a “lifetime guarantee”. So … when Jesus describes your life as being “salt-seasoning”, he’s reminding you that your life is not your own today. It’s His life that flavors your life. It’s His life that cleans the slate. It’s His life .. Jesus’ Life that does all these things in you. It’s His truth and His grace that changes everything about you. When you ask Him to “clean the slate and keep you from stupid sins” .. you are asking Jesus to make His truth and His grace your life. (Because that is Who He is in you .. all the time!) He did it on the cross. He does it today with grace. That grace and truth is the salt-seasoning and God-flavoring of your life. Nothing else can flavor like these two ingredients. And Jesus, being Jesus, describes what a life devoid of grace and truth looks like: un-useful and garbage-addressed. That’s why “he is the christian life.” You can’t live the christian life without Jesus .. and He wants to live that life in you today. You can’t season anything or anyone without Him. You can’t scrub away the grime. You can’t start the day “fresh” without Him. And the even better news .. the good news of this day is: Jesus is your lifetime guarantee. Why would you ever want to attempt anything without Him? Because with Him … it only takes a moment …

“Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; The I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.” Psalm 19:12 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Lifetime-Guaranteed-Salted Followers of 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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