The Cost of Counting ….

November 10, 2014

“The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t listen. The son said, ‘Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’” Luke 15:28-30 The Message

The father didn’t listen .. he was celebrating his lost son’s return. The older brother wasn’t listening to his celebrating father .. he was too busy counting up all his brother’s flaws, failures and sins. You can’t listen when you are busy counting. Jesus spent his life being counted: Who he healed .. Who he ate with .. Who followed him .. Who he talked to .. What he did with his time .. and finally Who he claimed to be. He is the only One who counts. And the only thing he counted was the value of his life .. for yours. Once Christ becomes real in your life .. really alive .. you learn to quit counting. And you discover over and over that His Father.. now your Father .. quit counting all those flaws, failures, and sins in your life .. at that moment when the nails counted for you. There’s no need to count anymore. He won’t let go …

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 English Standard

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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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1 Response to The Cost of Counting ….

  1. Julie McCook says:

    Thanks Ken! A beautifully written, timely, wonderful reminder.

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