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What Grace Looks Like

  • 2012 Mar 27

A song during the morning walk with dog friend Hannah resonated today. I had been reflecting on grace and how I can best communicate that amazing message. On cue a tune called “What Grace Looks Like” began to play. Coincidence? Christian performers 33 Miles suggests that grace is everywhere and too often overlooked.

It’s the sun coming out when you didn’t expect it
Finding your way when you needed direction
We see it in so many ways

I am finding that to be true. Evidence of God’s grace is everywhere and I am learning to open the eyes of my heart to see.

It’s a cold glass of water when you feel thirsty
Things working out when you’re in a hurry
It never ends
Like a faithful friend

s The gift that allows us to become who God desires us to become as we trust Him and quit trying to be “good” to justify our righteousness. We are saved by grace and faith in Christ. We become like Him by the same radical strategy. Faith that He has changed us into a new creation. And understanding the grace that gives us good gifts even when we don’t deserve them.

It took me a very long time to trust grace and I have, in fact, been amazed. Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to babysit my grandson. He is just beginning to walk. He stands and balances, takes a tentative step and then another. He seems to have it down and then he begins to think about what he is doing, causing him to wobble and fall on his well-padded diaper.

My grandson’s uncertain steps reminded me of my first steps of trusting grace for sanctification. I would put my full weight on those truths for a couple of steps or even several bold strides. Then I would start thinking that this can’t be possible. I would start wondering if I shouldn’t be doing more and I would teeter and fall. I would get back up balanced on the truth that only grace and faith brought me justification and only grace and faith will lead me home in glorification. So why do I think Jesus has a different program for sanctification? Emboldened by my insight I step forward putting my full weight on these truths once again. Then, just like Peter, I take my eyes off of Jesus and I fall again.

Paul wrote this to the Galatian Church.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. (Galatians 2:20-21, NLT)

So I keep standing back up and putting my full weight on the truth that I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. I will stumble again into my old patterns of performance and works righteousness. The chorus of today’s song

If you wanna know what Grace looks like
Let Love open up your eyes
It’s not that far away
You might be amazed

It’s all around, look and see
What God does for you and me
Seek and you will find
If you wanna know what Grace looks like

That is precisely what I have done in my grace journey. I have prayed for love to open my eyes to truly see what grace looks like. I give the final word to Paul who is a pretty good example of walking with his full weight on grace.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Ephesians 2:7-9, NLT)



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