August 12, 2014
“The family tree of Jesus Christ … Judah had Perez and Zerah (the mother was Tamar) .. Salmon had Boaz (his mother was Rahab) .. Boaz had Obed (Ruth was his mother) .. David had Solomon (Uriah’s wife was the mother).” Matthew 1:1-6 The Message
One pretended to be a prostitute .. One was a prostitute .. One acted like a prostitute .. and One didn’t have much of a choice.* And God decided long before any of this happened that this was the family tree of His Son. Could God have started with a more questionable family line. Broken promises.. Broken families .. Broken hearts .. and Broken marriages .. a recipe for redemption? And where does your life fit in this story? You’ll find it in every line of God’s design to win your heart and grace fill all the broken promises .. broken families .. broken hearts .. and broken marriages .. through Christ. Your life is in this story. It is happening all around you. It may have happened to you. Because Jesus is the only One who knows who you really are with His life in you. The great lie is to think and pursue life without Him and hope that one day He will reward your sacrifice and success. The great lie is what leads to broken promises .. broken families .. broken hearts .. and broken marriages. The greater truth is the even greater grace of Christ who had designs on you long before you “even heard” of him. He has seen everything in your life and knows exactly and perfectly where it all fits in His “overall purpose”. And if Gon chose to write His Son’s life into to broken scripts of scarred and flawed men and women .. how much more will He write His life into your life in faith? Your real life is found in Christ. It only takes a moment …
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11-12 The Message.
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Grace-Designs following Jesus (firstname.lastname@example.org) **(Thanks to Paul Miller for his walk through Ruth)