Who are you … really?

August 5, 2013

“You are who you are through this gift and call of Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:6 The Message

You were born into a broken and rapidly failing world. No matter how much you want this world to be fair .. it is fatally broken. You normal life growing up may not have looked like others .. or maybe it look exactly like others around you. Some with two parents and some with one .. and all of them needing the healing gospel of a new life through Christ. As the Apostle Paul found out and later wrote: “It’s in Christ that you find out who you are and what you are living for”. You’ve tried: to do your best .. to make a difference .. to find out who you really are inside and out. As one group of JesusFollowers say: “Despite the lingering effects of sin, I am (That means You!) a restored son and daughter of the sovereign Lord, whose Spirit is at work in my weakness, displaying His glory and advancing His kingdom.” This same God who wrote to a group of “saints” in Rome (just like you) still restores messed up lives and makes them whole in His Son. You cannot become whole apart from Jesus! And in Christ .. Your life becomes whole! Sometimes it seems so painstakingly slow. Yes, it is a mystery and much of the time you will doubt that God is at work in you. You’ll see others who look whole or try to compare your life to others and that too will lead to a dead-end. The fact is .. God came after you .. the real you .. the messed-up-on-the-inside you .. And He put your whole life together through His son. Why? Because He is sheer generosity when it comes to making you real. You’re called to live a life that loves Christ and He will be your help and supply. We find ourselves in trouble when we try to substitute anything in his place. This is real for your life today. And fortunately his gift for your life only takes a moment …

“Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.” Romans 3:24 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Real and Becoming Real Jesus Followers 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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