Seriously.. Does Jesus mean it?

April 17, 2016

“You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.” Matt. 5:21-22

His words must have cut through hearts. How could He mean such things? Being blessed .. being salt and light .. those make you feel good and give you purpose. But to turn you inside out on how you “feel” about someone is infuriating. Does Jesus really intend to take over every corner of my heart .. every space of my mind .. and all my actions? How could He demand such scrutiny. There are much more important things to do today. Does He really mean it? He had every accusation and charge hurled at him. His own family initially didn’t believe He was anything special. Eventually, His own disciples would abandon Him at just the moment where a friend was critical. Jesus knew that our broken lives are ruled and run on “keeping the appearance” of laws. We break them all the time. Sometimes it is a good (we think) reason .. mainly it is just because we can. Either way we are caught in ourselves and can never escape or find true freedom. But Jesus opens the way to free you from harboring evil .. managing resentments .. and covering over unforgiveness. If you are going to follow Him, He’s going to clean up and clean out your heart. Does He really mean it? He says it affects every way in which you worship. What you are holding on inside may indeed block  you from offering the Lord your whole heart. In Christ is your God-created identity. His life finds generosity and grace in every moment. Does He really mean it? You can’t live without Him. It only takes a moment …

“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Jesus Followers living it out.(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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