January 21, 2016
“Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you’re already in – insiders – not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin.” Colossians 2:11 MSG
Your life is part of God’s redemption story. The Jews had requirements that set them apart from all other people. They were God-People. His promise and faithfulness would never leave them. He never quit .. gave up .. or walked away from them even when they tried to find other-gods and other ways to live without Him. That is the history your life is attached to. You were once just like them. And even now, you may try to “fit in” with other people and other-gods only to find that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has never quit on you .. given up .. or walked away from you. Why? Because He knew you couldn’t change one thing about your life. He knew even if you wouldn’t admit it at first .. that you were dead .. sin-dead .. heart-dead .. life-dead apart from Him. So God did what you could never do: He destroyed the “power of sin” through the death of His Son. Yes… it seems so basic .. out-of-date and even “blah” at times. Because all the other-gods are trying to convince you that they can offer you something better and they will let you claim some credit. But Jesus? He can only offer you an “all-sins-forgiven .. slate-wiped clean .. arrest-warrant canceled .. nailed-cross” kind of life. It’s all very public .. nothing secret .. out in the open .. declaring your life as one of God’s insiders .. connected all the way back to those first God-People wandering a desert .. learning to trust in His promises .. learning how to love .. learning how to live God’s way. That’s who you are … because that is All that He has to offer. You don’t have to figure it out. Jesus will help you take the next step … it only takes a moment ..
“When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive – right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” Colossians 2:14 MSG
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Jesus People learning how to live the life that Christ is living in them. firstname.lastname@example.org