The first thing..

August 22, 2017

“for to me, to live is Christ, and to die is to gain.” Philippians 1:21 New American Standard

It’s the first thought of a new day. It’s the first rule of grace. It’s the first beginning of everything that has to do with living .. and living well. Christ . His name and life are the ground underneath your feet. It’s solid ground .. a foundation that “makes life worth living.” When you wander or stray .. He is there to help you back. You try to hear condemnation from Him, but it’s not there.  His life has been exchanged for yours. He’s not giving up or going back on what was exchanged. And you..? You got everything of Christ. His risen life and power are now indwelling .. actually alive in you. There will be all manner of voices and temptations trying to convince you to live out of your old self. After all, you did okay most of the time, didn’t you? You may even try it for awhile. And Jesus..? He got everything of you. Your worst sins .. your lightest sins .. every one of them. There’s not one area or item of your life that Christ has not purchased with His blood. That nail-scarred truth will never change. There is nothing .. absolutely nothing .. too difficult for Christ and your life. Sometimes the hardest step of faith is the next one where you literally take the next step and do so in Christ .. with Christ .. and for Christ. You do it trusting not in yourself .. but in Christ. Every relationship .. every facet of your work .. and everything you have planned: to live is Christ. Place Him in front of everything today … it only takes a moment ..

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Christ followers (


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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