What the world sees …

November 7, 2018

“Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair;  we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed.  We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be displayed in our body.” 2 Corinthians. 7-10 Christian Standard

God created you to become His treasure. He could have just cleaned you up on the inside and pointed you toward the goal of achieving this eternal treasure .. one day .. if you lived up to your part. But He didn’t. When you believed .. with all your flaws and imperfections .. “with the full weight, burden, and pressure of your own sins”* .. God exchanged your “treasures” for the treasure found in His Son.  Believing is how you live out this life everyday. Some days are better than others. There are low moments driven by expectations and God-designed circumstances. The temptation is to try and arrange your life the way you want it .. and ask God to bless it. God knows the daily pressures facing you living in this world. There’s always a short cut .. a promising path .. and the safe way of just doing what everybody else does. The world courts “you” to take control. When everything falls in line, trust can be diluted behind a false face. Trusting Christ for you life involves the multi-layered processes of thinking .. praying .. trusting .. implementing .. waiting ..hoping for results .. and living with disappointments. The real treasure of living in Christ is discovering thankfulness. It’s not based on your performance or outcomes. You’re thankful that it doesn’t rest on your shoulders. You’re walking in Christ’s strength and with it comes the intimate knowledge that your Father is at work as well.  When you know that “this treasure” is God’s power through Christ, you’ll quit trying to make this life work for your ends. There is a freedom that comes when you relax and let Christ be on display … in you!  It only takes a moment …

 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31 Christian Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent Wildly-Loved-Clay-Pots on display for Jesus. *JI Packer: Knowing God (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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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