Carrying extra weight…?

December 11, 2017

“Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready.” Romans 5:6 The Message

There was only one way to put your life back together. It didn’t matter that you weren’t even aware that your life was all in pieces. God’s ways are so wild that you could never imagine how he would come after you. As a country preacher put it: the God of the universe moved the whole earth around just to place his-son in a food trough in a backwater town.* Why he did that at that time is really beyond your capabilities. You can recreate some facts and dates but you can’t create how far off the mark your life was before Christ arrived on time for you. Maybe you can imagine yourself helpless .. pulled apart by various forces .. inner and outer .. struggling to keep it all together .. guarding with disguise all that you have .. pretending .. crippled by never ending memories that won’t be erased or washed away. God didn’t have any distractions when it came to your life. He wasn’t pulled in a hundred directions at once. He didn’t weigh comparable options. His ways and thoughts contain every second of time that will ever exist. No matter the situation ..  no matter the players .. no matter the rebellious or the enslaved .. Jesus arrived before anyone was ready.  He didn’t wait until you were partially put together. He doesn’t ask you to pull your own weight to keep up. He isn’t comparing levels of ungodliness. His birth announces that God’s ways and thoughts are beyond your reach .. but your ways and thoughts were never beyond His. He’s never going to re-think the trade He made for your life. He had already thought it through before you were ready. His life is the only weight he wants you to carry from now on. It only takes a moment …

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways.  For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 Christian Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Right-on-time followers of Jesus *(Thanks to Brian Biggers for explaining how God plays chess.)

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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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