Love .. for today

May 9, 2016

“Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.” 1 Peter 4:7-8 Message

He went from being a deserter to a disciple. The first part was all him. The second part was all-of-Christ in him. His life and message carried a serene urgency. He went from the uncertainty of the seas to the assured uncertainty of shepherding. What he knew for certain was that Christ would never abandon him. He would never be alone. He was convinced that Christ could put any life back together again. His words to scattered disciples are just as urgent today: Don’t let the world you live in seduce you. Christ is going to return .. soon. Keep your heart and mind tuned to prayer .. not just when it is convenient, but everywhere. And the very thing that Jesus has done for you: love you deeper and more real than anything or anyone .. love others with that same purpose and passion. At the beginning of this day .. at the middle of this day .. and at the end of this day .. is the inexhaustible gift of being loved by Jesus. It seems so simple but it will transform your whole day. To love as if your life depended on it is to live as if your life depends upon Christ .. for everything. What about today? Will you love as if the love of Christ is the greatest gift of your life? It only takes a moment …

“Peter fairly exploded with his good news: “It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. The Message he sent to the children of Israel—that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again—well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone.” Acts 10:34-36 Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Scattered Disciples 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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