June 16, 2017
“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1
You have to learn a whole new language when you follow Jesus. You learn it as you step into everyday .. ordinary .. unknown possibilities. Who would have thought that a once-promising-rabbi-turned-Jesus-follower would write letters from prison that are still fresh today? Who would imagine a personal letter to a disciple would be used two thousand years later to help you follow Christ? Who would imagine that the words you need everyday for every situation would stand the test of time as being “God-breathed”? To be strong in grace is to turn everything over to Christ in your life. That’s not easy to do. You’ve been influenced by all kinds of influencers to shape your own life .. find strength in yourself .. and guard your weaknesses. Grace is not part of “this” world’s formula for living or shaping the world you live in. That one word: grace .. is not an excuse .. is not a free pass .. and is the most life-changing foundation for living your life in Jesus. You’ll find a strength you never knew existed which doesn’t require you to do something or carry your share. It can’t be that easy? Well .. it isn’t. Grace is so eternally complex that the only way to sum up it’s parts is a cross. And out of that cross is a love that is free for the taking .. or receiving .. or just plain surrendering. All three yield a strength you never knew existed. You’ll find yourself being put together and shaped up for exactly what God had in mind all along. It only takes a moment ..
“Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another — showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” 2 Timothy 3:16 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Grace-grippers following Jesus (email@example.com)