May 12, 2107
“writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ.” Jude 2 Message
You better get used to hearing the words “loved by God” or “beloved” because it is part of your name. It’s who you are. You are loved that deeply by the Father. Christ’s death and resurrection opened the floodgates for God to change the very nature of who you were into who you are: ‘children of God’. You weren’t born that way .. although we like to think that we were always his child with just a few defects. You were actually known as the children of wrath until God made you alive in Christ. Everything changed over a few nails .. or .. as one old-soul theologian described it: “radical change happened over those 400 minutes on a cross. Each minute would have felt like an eternity”. The result is you no longer have to spend calories wondering if you’ll see him. You get a lifetime waiting to see Him .. and the real you will be seen .. all complete .. all whole .. all alive! Until then you live with a calling of ‘staying ready’ .. living a life modeled on Jesus .. who is living His life in you. It’s a mystery of great certainty and assurance. God is faithful .. His word is true .. Christ in you. Jesus didn’t leave you with a list of rules to follow. He made you alive to follow Him and in following Him you won’t live worried or anxious about doing enough. The life of a “Beloved” lives with such freedom to love others and love when you least feel like it and love when it feels so effortlessly. You’re being ‘kept by Christ’. His life and power are holding you together .. shaping you into His image .. showing you how to live today. You’re His Beloved. Can you breathe in that truth. That very breath pushes through the scars and doubts. Beloved … it only takes a moment ..
“But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him – and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own.” 1 John3:2-3 Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Beloved Followers of Jesus (firstname.lastname@example.org)