Difficult .. yep .. and worth it

April 8, 2016

“Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel … and that most of the brethren trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.” Phil. 1:12,14 NASB

What an amazing fact that God wants to “advance” the gospel of His Son through your life. He’s chosen the most ordinary circumstances .. ordinary men and women .. you. We don’t envision imprisonment or spiritual despair as fruitful places where the Gospel of Jesus Christ might prosper .. might spread .. and even change lives. The noise and voices of this world seemingly drown out the Gospel finding it’s way into imprisoned lives. Most prisons are not walled off. Most despair is rarely seen behind determined smiles. But the Gospel finds a way to reach even into an enemies heart. And when you see others living for the very message that changed their life .. then you are strengthened as well. And just maybe your life will be that strength for someone else who is unsure if the Gospel is worth living. And then there are those moments where you’ve done all you can do .. you’ve followed all of God’s plans .. you’ve trusted His leading and way forward is blocked. The weight of everything overwhelms you and you just feel like giving up. Was it worth it? And God? He reminds you that He is the One who raises the dead .. His Son .. whose very life is the reason you are who you’ve become. You realize again that this Gospel is not about you .. it’s about Christ. You can expect it to be difficult  .. overwhelming .. and discouraging. But God is faithful .. He is using your life and very circumstances to advance the Gospel. Take heart .. Take hold .. and Take His grip. It only takes a moment …

“We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead! ” 2 Cor. 1:8-9 MSG

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Gospel people following Jesus (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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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