Passing it on …

August 15, 2013

“Through him we received both the generous gift of his life and the urgent task of passing it on to others who receive it by entering into obedient trust in Jesus. You are who you are through this gift and call of Jesus Christ! Romans 1:5-6 The Message

Your life ..your new life .. your changed life .. your forever forgiven life .. is a “generous gift” in Christ. It takes a long time to learn how to relax .. to let down your guard .. and to let this Jesus begin to write his message of LIFE into your heart. It’s His message being written .. being lived out .. and being passed on through your life. You’ve been given the everyday task of passing along this gift of life in Christ. Jesus knows everything about you: how you think .. how you act .. how you are when you are alone. He knows exactly the deepest needs of your life and He is the only One who can fill those needs and meet you at the very intersection of freedom with grace. He chose you knowing full well everything that makes up your life. He chose you knowing full well what everything about His life would become in you. Your part is learning to love that life He is living in you. This is a daily life of trust and grace-filled obedience in an ever crumbling diseased world. It means you can be incredibly amazed when one life is changed by the indefatigable generosity of Christ’s love poured into a surely lost life. It could be a life wandering the streets .. a life lived next door .. a life clinging to idols that never satisfy .. a life searching for answers .. or just a life filled with loneliness and polite desperation. It could be any life. It could be your life. The Apostle Paul wasn’t ashamed because the Lord consumed all of his condemnation .. judgment .. and malignant self-reliance and opened his eyes to a Cross that can plunge to any depth .. reach across any width .. extend to any length .. and find you at any height and give you an unfailing life of unfailing love. The pressure is off .. because living your life today is about letting Jesus live His life through you. This is life in Christ: through Him ..the urgent task ..of passing it along. God takes bruised and battered men and women and fills them with the saving power of His Son .. saving grace .. and saving love. His supply for you is inexhaustible today. It only takes a moment…

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes …” Romans 1:16 New American Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Formerly Ashamed — Presently Amazed 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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