All of it …

March 10, 2016

“That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of other’s sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all — was put to death and then made alive — to bring us to God.” 1 Peter 3:18 MSG

The way of the cross doesn’t stop at a moment’s decision .. a one time choice .. or a past event told over and over. It fills all of your history and opens up everyday of  your life to what God wants for you. You’re free to pursue His direction in the course of your life. That  moment was indeed very real: Jesus dying for  you. Then Jesus made alive .. for you. His suffering for your sins was unfathomable. Your mind and imagination cannot really reach the depth of how far Jesus went for your life. We’d like to think that there was just one speck of something “good” in us that didn’t require Jesus death. And when you find or think you have found that one not-so-bad spot, you discover the cross stands silently right in the center. The cross of Jesus covers one and only one place in your life: ALL of it. He’s broken the delusion of good and the deceitfulness of bad. He’s rescued you from having to have your own way .. from having to be in control .. and from thinking that you can figure it our on your own (with a little of God’s help)! What freedom there is to pursue what God wants out of grace instead of self-gritted determination. Jesus has gone through everything that you’re experiencing. He’s not far off .. not out of reach .. and not out of touch with what’s going on inside  your heart. He doesn’t hold the cross over your head. He’s not forcing you down an unwanted way. He’s offering you a way forward in His grip. It only takes a moment …

“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.” 1 Peter 4:1-2 MSG

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to the Fellowship@the Cross (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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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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