Jesus loves a good question..

November 13, 2017

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus took up the question and said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. … But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion.” Luke 10:29-30,33 Christian Standard

It’s always the same with Jesus .. with everyone He meets and with anyone who asks. It could have been you asking the question: “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus isn’t out to win an argument or drive you away by force. He invites you into a story where you are the Law-keeper and the Walking-wounded all at the same time. You can find your story .. your articulate defense .. and your brokenness all out in the open. Jesus is the Roadside-Healer who can’t help but respond with compassion and all that He has on your behalf. He stops .. kneels .. cleanses .. lifts .. carries .. and provides everything for you to get well. All the rules are broken. All lines between friends, family, and strangers meld into one life in front of you. How are you going to respond? Are you following a list or are you listening to God’s heartbeat? The list leaves you detached. But if you’ve cultivated a listening heart, your life becomes the healing oil of God’s love. Jesus has not only bandaged your wounds, He has made you whole by His wounds. So when you look at your scars you hear Him say: “Go and do the same.” It only takes a moment…

“The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.” Philippians 3:7-9 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Followers of the Roadside Healer. (kchesterp1@gmail.com) Notes from The ScarFinder

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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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