God’s urgent patience …

November 13, 2013

“Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life — no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection.” Ro. 6:6-7

Have you ever experienced God’s urgent patience? You want something to change in your life and you pray .. and pray .. and pray. You “do” all the right things. You believe all the right things. You try to live right and you hope The Lord will answer .. come through on his end .. and change whatever it is that runs consistently through your life. When it comes to your life … Jesus really gets it … he understands who you are .. how you tick .. how you think … what incites you .. and what makes you come alive. It’s why the Lord seems so frustratingly slow at times. You can’t get around Him to find this life .. although you’ll try time and time again. (God knows we often try to make life better while we are waiting for Him to reassemble all the missing and broken parts.) That’s what sin does. It tries to make you think that you can construct your own truth and find a life worth living on your own. And then God patiently .. tenderly .. even disguised in his grace .. begins working in the corners of your life. At first He often appears annoying slow. And then you’re annoyed at yourself because you see how powerless you are to let go of all the stuff that is choking you from the inside out. BUT GOD .. keeps coming after you .. rescuing you .. carrying you .. cleaning you up .. giving you a “fresh start” .. and wiping the “slate clean”. Jesus will take all the time needed to create His resurrection life in you. It is the only life worth living .. and the only life worth learning to love. Because your story starts with this refrain: God is good … The Gospel is real .. and His Grace is life-changing. This new life …. it only takes a moment…

“Anyone who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells — even though you still experience all the limitations of sin — you yourself experience life on God’s terms. … The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons.” Ro. 8:9-10, 13

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to lives belonging to 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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