All of it …Really?

December 30, 2015

“This is what the Lord says; Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I the Lord, have spoken.” Jeremiah 9:23-24 NLT

Boasting never really sits well inside your life. It may be true what you say or did, but you are left feeling a bit less whole .. solid .. or slightly contaminated by placing yourself in the center of events. The world you live in elevates self-achievements and self-promotion. But God frees you from living in that suffocating cocoon of selfness. He recognizes that the world places value and worth on strength and possessions. But He places all of that against the true riches of “knowing who He is”. A Rabbi turned Jesus-proclaimer had all the accolades of self promotion. He had the life resume .. achievements .. recognition .. and drive that feeds an insatiable self. But .. He realized the real gift of letting God become the center of everything about his life: the good .. the bad parts .. and all that he accomplished. If Jesus could use all of his life, past and present, weaknesses and strengths,  then he discovered he didn’t have to worry any longer. He didn’t have to try and manage all the self-side of life. He could just let Christ take over. It seems so simple … yet it is a “long obedience in the same direction”. It doesn’t feel like a gift at the moment and you don’t feel all that strong when it is unraveling. But you begin to hear Him say: “I’ve got this .. let me take over.”  And so … another moment with Christ begins … today…

At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.  2Cor. 12:9-10 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Christ-taking-over followers. (kchesterp1@gmail.com) Thanks Eugene…

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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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