The Choice of If …

The Choice of IF

December 14, 2015

“Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple.” Luke 14:27 The Message

Jesus made the path of walking with Him very clear. It wasn’t an easily accepted image. The cross represented surrender .. the loss of choice .. and even more so .. the loss of having the final say. But once you’ve encountered Jesus in your life, the choice of “going it alone” doesn’t seem like a real choice any longer. Jesus steps into the farthest corners of your life .. the darkness places .. and also those places that seem okay and acceptable on the outside. He knows your struggles and repetitious fears and resentments. He knows you like to think that you can manage them on your own .. and manage them pretty well. The world you live in continually assaults the whole image and meaning of this cross. One man’s death .. sinless for sinners .. and crucified peace all because He loved you when you could care less. The power of the cross breaks down and breaks through every barrier .. every excuse .. and everything that tries to keep you from living in the freedom of Christ. With Jesus, the real invitation begins with “if”. He’s not going to force you or portray life with Him any less than complete surrender. His life will literally chase you to the outer margins of your life. It may take years, but Jesus won’t stop until you hold your hands out in surrender and receive not the life you never wanted, but the LIFE you never thought possible: life whole .. at peace .. and once-and-for-all fully alive in Christ. “If you want to be Christ’s disciple and “if” you want to follow Him .. then you’ve got to let go of anything that doesn’t point to Jesus. For that to happen … it only takes a moment …

“The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes prefect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out.” 1 Cor. 1:18 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is to Christ Followers (

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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