June 7, 2017
“God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.” 1 Corinthians 1:9 The Message
It’s amazing really! God has called you into fellowship with his Son. There wasn’t a list of questions you had to answer correctly. He didn’t examine your life-resume to see if you qualified. All your correct answers were wrong anyway. And your life disqualified you on so many levels … and yet God wanted you walking with His Son. What gets added in the small print is a new raised up life .. Holy Spirit sealing .. and the promise that your life would take on the image of Christ. And God backs it all up by promising his faithfulness .. or .. He’s not going to give up on you. There’s going to be bumps .. bruises .. broken days .. sometimes even longer. You may find yourself wondering if God has indeed given up on you … Has He walked away? No .. He hasn’t. He’s letting you walk into this everyday broken-into-pieces world and experience it all .. and slowly realize that He is faithful and is making life new on the inside. It’s not always fun. There are real lows along the way. This world has a way of making itself look better than it is. And if given a real choice: would you want what this world offers against what Christ has already done for you? You have God’s promise that nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus. He’s called you to walk in the steps of Jesus .. or rather Jesus will walk in your steps. He’s there in the hard times .. the lonely times .. and the tempting times. He’s been through it all. And when you do slip or give in .. He’s there to help you up. Because He wants to walk in fellowship and share a life of grace. He’s betting you want that too. You just don’t know how to ask. So, God’s asking you to walk with His Son. It only takes a moment ..
“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by with our his unfolding grace.” 2 Corinthians 4:15-16 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to you as you walk with Jesus today.(firstname.lastname@example.org)