Radical Grace

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Grace?’ Do you think of mealtime prayers? Do you think of dancers and their practiced movements? How about someone who is kind, and gentle? How often do we think of grace as something that is still, quiet, and well mannered?

I have a good friend—a dancer—who is someone I often think of as grace, personified. She is a calm, sometimes quiet, kind and gentle person. I have often described her to others as “graceful,” but I know in my heart that I’m referring to her personality and not necessarily her favour to others. That’s not to say that she doesn’t exhibit grace in ways other than her demeanour. I think, however, that we tend to see grace in that way; something small and quiet. Quiet grace, still grace, gentle grace.

Even the Oxford dictionary defines grace as, “Simple elegance or refinement of movement; courteous goodwill; an attractively polite manner.” It’s not until the third or sometimes fourth definition that we see, “In Christian belief—the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and bestowal of blessings.”

Consider that for a moment. The free and unmerited favour of God. That’s not quiet, or still, or even gentle. It’s amazing, incredible—radical even. In God’s amazing grace towards us, his children, we see his truly radical, powerful nature. We see how God’s grace is AMAZING—not quiet! Consider our well known and loved hymn, Amazing Grace:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That save a wretch like me!
I once was lost, and now am found.
Was blind, but now I see.

I mean—WOW. If you were lost, or blind, and then you were found or given sight, would you be quiet about it? I sure wouldn’t! I would be whooping and cheering and praising. It would be noisy, crazy, and wild.

The Rev. Jonathan Tait, the minister serving my home congregation, once said this: “Grace—God’s unpredictable, unexplainable, unmerited favour and love…is always the right thing, the just thing. Grace is the currency of God.” God’s currency is grace. We can’t earn it, no matter how hard we try. It’s given just as God desires to give it—freely and openly. Justly. That’s a radical, incredible concept in our lives! We live in a world where you have to “earn” everything: you only get what you work for, but that’s not the case with our God!

God’s grace is an amazing grace. God’s grace is a free and unmerited grace. God’s grace is a radical grace. Praise God!

Questions:

  1. How have you experienced God’s grace in your life?
  2. Does this concept change your personal definition of the word grace?
  3. What are some ways we can help spend the “currency of God” in our lives?
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3 thoughts on “Radical Grace

  • June 7, 2016 at 11:00 am
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    Amazing! Love it.. thanks for giving me a moment to stop and consider God’s grace, poured out, overflowing, surrounding me… unending! Love.

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  • June 7, 2016 at 12:42 pm
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    Well done. Great reflection on grace.

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  • June 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm
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    Amazing grace! What wonders God has blessed us with. I can’t imagine living life with God’s grace. Thanks for this reflection.

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