The Faces of the Son….

January 16, 2014

“We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.” Acts 10:39-43 New American Standard

YOU are the Church .. the body of Christ .. the face and fingerprints of Jesus in your marriage .. to your children .. where you work .. and where you live. In the unseen parenthesis of your life are the words: chosen .. holy people .. Priestly .. God’s instruments. You don’t get to pick which words define you. God has already written it down .. announced it .. and backs it up with His Spirit in you. He’s not waiting until you are ready to become these words. You became them the moment you let go of all the words that used to define you .. deceive you .. and even tried to destroy you. You became witness when you believed .. really believed .. and not just muttered some believe-sounding words or phrases. When you believed you let Christ’s life move in and take over. It never happens as fast as you want. You become this witness of something that happened supernaturally in you and you can’t point to this or that as evidence. Your life becomes the evidence. And you are painfully aware of flat spots and incomplete parts that you would love to hide … but instead they are right there out in the open. And there is Jesus right there beside you .. in you .. filling you with his grace and giving you everything you need to be His witness today. You’re part of the body of Christ with all its quirks and oddities. And God has chosen you to be one of His faces .. the face of Jesus. It only takes a moment …

“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” 1 Peter2:9-10 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Holy Faces following Jesus (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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