We Could Do With A Bit More Grace
I’ve been on a grace kick lately. I know—I should be on a grace kick all the time, but I have to say—grace doesn’t come easily for me. It probably doesn’t come easily for you either. It only comes easily for one person, and that’s Jesus. So why have I been all about the subject of grace, when I’ve by no means mastered it?
There have been a few things that have happened lately where my ability to feel grace for others has been tested. My forgiveness muscle has been stretched. We’ve all been there. Forgiveness and grace are two of the hardest virtues to emulate, and when we’ve been hurt, when someone has pulled the rug out from under us, it’s hard to feel grace and forgiveness and much easier to feel a whopping good dose of wrath.
So, I’m trying. I’m trying to forgive and love my enemies. I’ve been in sincere prayer for them and me. So, when I came across this article by Brian Orme on Facebook about Passing the Grace Test, it seemed like an answer and reminder of what I’m trying to accomplish—what we should all be trying to achieve as Christians and megaphones for God…
Jesus always pushed his disciples to expand their view of grace. Every time his disciples thought they had it figured out, Jesus would kick down their boundaries and paint a larger picture. Parable after parable, healing after healing, and meal after meal.
The disciples were a lot like us—”Jesus, let me do you a favor… you do NOT want the tax collector. Jesus, this woman is a sinner, hello! Hey Jesus, we’ll do you a solid and keep these pesky kids at bay while you do your Jesus stuff.”
But when the disciples set up gates Jesus tore them down: Back off, I came for the tax collectors, the prostitutes—Oh, and let those crazy kids through—this is my Jesus-work. #Boom
I love this passage because it reminds me that we all love grace for ourselves, but we wince when it’s given to others. And just like His disciples, we need Jesus to come in and tear down our judgmental walls and well-meaning attempts to keep the Kingdom of God neat and tidy, and just for us.
When we can celebrate grace in the lives of our worst enemies—that’s when grace gets real. That’s also when we, as Christians, can understand the depth and power of God’s love.
Just like Jesus, each one of us needs to live lives of scandalous grace. As Christians, we need to be called out for being too open-handed, too generous, and too good to be true. We need to be just like the Gospel of Grace.
So, pray for me, and I’ll pray for you that we can be grace-given and grace-guided individuals, in spite of what others do and say.
BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD I AM WHAT I AM, AND HIS GRACE TO ME WAS NOT WITHOUT EFFECT. NO, I WORKED HARDER THAN ALL OF THEM—YET NOT I, BUT THE GRACE OF GOD THAT WAS WITH ME.