December 26, 2017
“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” Philippians 1:6 The Message
It all began with a flourish: an ancient promise .. a long silence .. blood lines and obedience .. birth in a barn .. angels meeting with shepherds .. wisemen following stars .. and everything happening exactly as God said. God keeps His word. This has always been the battle behind the scenes of your life: God being faithful to His word in a broken world relentless to prove His redeeming rule unworthy. Isaiah made it clear when he said: “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God remains forever.” What God has begun carries His promise. Jesus came for your life. He knows what you are all about. He knows all about everything that has to do with who you are. He knows what your life will be about when His life is the real start and finish of who you are. You will spend the rest of your life filling the wonder of who Christ is but living freely out of His grace. There’s faith .. trust .. hope .. and love. There’s a daily moment of whether you will offer all of who you are to all and anything that Christ desires today. Jesus isn’t demanding you be or act like someone you aren’t. He’s only after one thing: to complete what He has started in you. That’s it. There is no secret plan. There is just this day to day very real .. very personal .. and very purposeful life that Jesus wants to live in and through you today … tomorrow .. and until. Nothing is going to be overlooked regarding your life. Your struggles become His struggles because He’s willing to meet you at any level. He’s offering a trade: your scars for His. It’s all part of the great work that God in Christ has started in you. And today .. it only takes a moment.
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Barnyard Projects following Jesus (firstname.lastname@example.org)