Adding up losses …

April 6, 2016

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.” Matt. 5:3-5 MSG

What if you lost everything? Jesus describes your life as unimaginably blessed. Your not holding on to anything as more valuable than the Lord. Your deepest grief meets His even deeper comfort and care. You discover that the real riches of living in Father’s care cannot be measured by this world’s wealth. Jesus described a life that most of us don’t won’t to experience. We want to have enough .. to not face a life of unending grief .. and think that there will be more at the end than along the way. The world preys upon our fear of loss .. being empty-handed .. and handed nothing in return. Our world runs on the law of gaining .. striving .. persevering .. and winning. Jesus describes a way of life so connected to Him that all your values are turned inside out. It can only happen in a changed life .. a new heart .. and a new way to live. You know when you see others who live this way. You want “that life” but …. can’t it happen another way? And Jesus? He’s not condemning you if you don’t see eye to eye. He’s outlining what your life will be like when His life is the greatest treasure of your life. You don’t gain it by exhausting yourself .. trying harder than anyone .. or holding on when others slip. He says you gain it in losing yourself. That’s true of everyone who wants to follow this hillside rabbi. Everyone loses differently only to find the same words: “You’re blessed ..” when your life finds it way to Me. He is all that He has to give you for today. Will it be enough? You matter enough to Jesus for him to offer you such a blessing. It only takes a moment …

Ken Chester” Grace-Gripped is sent to Kingdom lives following Jesus (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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