Do you …?

January 22, 2014

“After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” .. “Feed my sheep.” .. He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” .. “Shepherd my sheep.” .. Then he said a third time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” .. Peter was upset that he asked the third time, “Master, you know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” John 21:15-18 The Message

It is amazing how easy it is to start your day and not take a moment to say to the Lord: Lord .. I love you. Because when you say that, you are saying to yourself .. and to Jesus what the real foundation is that makes your life worth living. Sometimes it takes three questions, like Peter, to come to that moment .. to make everything around you stop .. to say out loud where Jesus fits in your life. Sometimes it isn’t the picture you want to see because you find Him on the outer edges of your life .. wrapped in good intentions .. and indistinguishable from other forms of love. But like Peter, Jesus doesn’t incriminate you on what you did or didn’t do. He asks you are you willing to “become” what His love can make out of your life. It doesn’t take much to find yourself conflicted between this world’s love and the love that Jesus defines. He defines love by laying his life down for you. It is always the picture of how far God has gone and will go to show you what true love .. real love .. and life-changing love looks like. And sometimes, like Peter, that question hurts because you know that in your own strength, you may indeed choose something less than Jesus for a moment .. and that, like Peter, will bother you to no end. And Jesus will still call you back with the same question: Do you love Me? And at that moment .. this moment .. what will you say? What will you let Jesus make out His love in you today? It only takes a moment …

” You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him — with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.” 1 Peter 1:8-9 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Breakfast Saints following 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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