“… set apart for the gospel.” Romans 1:1 New American Standard
That’s your life as a follower of Jesus. It defines you and everything you do. The awkward moments are when you realize that you are spending your time .. energy .. and possessions in a direction that don’t point towards The Lord. They can be good things. Others may be doing the same things without a thought or care … but you realize in your heart and spirit that it is not for you. You’ve been “set apart” for the gospel. It doesn’t make you better. It means God has something better for your life. The gospel .. the good news about a sin-paying God .. a rescuing Lord .. and life changing message is the foundation for your life. Nothing else will satisfy you .. though you may try to settle for less. You don’t change your life to fit the gospel. This gospel with Jesus changes you when you make it the center of your life. Many try to try to fit the gospel inside an already crowded life. It leaves them frustrated .. anxious .. and carrying a low-level guilt. So, they try to compensate by “doing” something that looks gospel-like. The gospel of Jesus Christ doesn’t make you someone you aren’t. It makes you who you truly are: no-longer-sin-owned and rescued-out-of-darkness. And that makes your life truly dangerous in an ever compromising world. You’re no longer going in the world’s direction but walking instead in Christ’s direction. The difference now is that “things” no longer own you or define you. And if you realize that there are some “things” you are gripping too tightly … then it only takes a moment .. to find your true grip ..
“.. who gave himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age.” Galatians 1:4 New American Standard
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Christ’s ambassadors living ordinary set-apart lives following Jesus. (Kchesterp1@gmail.com)