the grace anatomy | 500 Words on Grace
by You Have My Word
“You’re a douchebag, but I’m going to let it pass this time!”
That’s a pretty strong statement and I don’t know how people feel about the douchebag word [so I’ll say it again, just in case] but to me that sums up grace. You do not deserve this. But because of who I am I am going to give it to you anyway.
And with that the kingdom of God is summed up – take everything you know and feel and what feels fair and right and just and throw it on its head. In My Kingdom the last shall by first and those of you taking the top seat for yourself? Well, my friend [and you remain my friend, this is nothing personal, you see] you will be eating crumbs on the floor with the dog… had you taken the lowly seat to begin with, who knows but you may have been elevated to sit at my right hand in the master seat… in My Kingdom the worker who has worked for an hour gets the same wages as the one who has worked for 12 hours in the blazing sun. “Not fair!” you say? But it’s my money, I will do as I please.
In My Kingdom those who are seen as “the least of these” get to engage in fine wine and dine at your expense. In My Kingdom power is wrested away from the enemy not by a show of greater power [which I could easily do, I have legions of angels itching to show up and do some damage, yo!] but by a bruised, broken and bloody man hanging from a wooden beam. In My Kingdom victory occasionally looks very much like defeat [but for never than more than three days!].
Which should be good news to you. Because you’re a douchebag [told you!] but I’m going to let it pass this time!
‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by work, so that no one can boast. For we are christ’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ [Ephesians 2.8-10]
The bottom line for me is the free and undeservedness of the grace as well as the tension that gets brought in by the fact that although it is freely offered, the moment i grab hold of it, it becomes the most costly thing because the response to receiving grace is the response to Jesus call of ‘if you choose to follow Me, you must deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow Me.’ [Luke 9.23]
To receive grace means to willingly die. To self. To my dreams. My selfish ways of doing things. Any potential that I suspect lies in me.
But completely worth it, when in exchange I get the Holy Spirit living in me… and life to the absolute fullest!
My good (cyberspace) friend, Brett Fish, kicks off 500 Words on Grace. He sows graciously into the lives of others at The Simple Weigh and lives to live like Christ. He writes here, and you can follow him on Twitter here.