March 12, 2014

“And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ.” Ephesians 3:8 The Message

Paul started out persecuting and prosecuting the inexhaustible riches of Christ. He thought he could stop it and at the very least cause it to hide behind walls and be reduced to whispers. Instead, his relentless campaign ended with three days without food .. nourished only by prayer. He couldn’t see until another man was obedient to the Holy Spirit’s leading to place his hands on Paul and pray for him to regain his sight. And from that moment, Paul never stopped talking about .. sharing about .. and writing about the “inexhaustible riches of Christ”. His highest claim of success was the Cross that found him barren .. angry .. and filled with hate. That same Cross changed him into a free man .. free from all the pleasing-others-chains and serving-everyone’s-expectations .. free to live for Christ in every corner of his life. Paul lived his life in complete obedience to Christ. His life’s priority was Christ. There was no other foundation that could compete for his life. Everything he wrote about is relevant today. Every struggle in your life .. every obstacle in front of you .. and every need you are facing finds comfort — strength — and promise at this same Cross where Paul met the Cruciifed One. Your life has the same inexhaustible riches of Christ for everything you are facing today. The most generous message needed in the world you live in is the Cross. It attracts the broken and repels the unbreakable. It set Paul free to live a grace-filled life. It will set you free as well. It only takes a moment …

“For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate.” Galatians 6:14 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped os sent M-F to Cross-Weighted followers of 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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