To breathe grace over others I must first have grace breathed upon me. That breath can only flow from THE WORD whose character is grace.
For the past several years I’ve purposefully started the year with a re-read of Phillip Yancey’s 2002 classic What’s So Amazing About Grace? It reminds me that I live from grace to dispense grace to those I meet along my walk through life.
Yancey identifies grace as the “last best Word”. True to its original meaning it still describes an unmerited gift that is undeserved. Court, church, and street usage align–to receive grace is to be awarded the unearned.
In God’s terms it is the Holy upside of unfair. Fair condemns–grace saves.
From start to finish the book asks the rhetorical question: Why does so little grace flow from those who claim to follow Jesus?
It is as if Christians lack power to spread grace.
The image comes to mind of a power source with a disconnected supply line. Both are in view but unless connected nothing happens.
To be fair, in my judgement I see a much stronger trend in the distribution category over the past decade and a half. I would guess that more believers are in touch with the power supply.
Unlike the more focused use of the word grace, “word” is used with multiple meanings. There is a dictionary word, a cuss word, an English word, a Spanish word, and a German word.
Word describes computer software and board games.
Word of God is used interchangeably with the Bible while the word of law describes a legal document.
I content that the power source that empowers grace comes from a connection with a person who is THE WORD described in the prologue of John’s Gospel:
In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it . . . The WORD became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of GRACE and TRUTH.
The four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, show me a picture of the daily walk of Jesus THE WORD. As he moves from person to person he spreads gifts from the fullness of his Holy Grace.
From Luke’s Gospel I see that Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. People liked Jesus.
So I read the Gospels and find Jesus gushing grace upon those he encounters. People like to be around him. In him they find hope. Through him they find God. He reflects the love of His father to the disenfranchised.
He blesses the wedding that opens his ministry by supplying a need. While on a visit to Peter’s house he meets the need of his disciple’s infirmed mother-in-law.
He spreads God’s grace among the bereaved, the suffering, and the hungry.
So here’s how I see my assignment from God.
I am to be a Holy sprinkler to spread God’s grace along my walk. As God uses His children to alleviate needs His personhood is reflected before those who carry hurts and injustice.
The more I breathe from Jesus THE WORD, the more effective I will be at allowing grace to flow from me.
What if each one of the multi-millions who claim Jesus as Lord breathed grace and truth from THE WORD, then in turn met the needs of humanity with a spring of grace for all to drink?
That action carried out by Jesus entire church across the face of the earth might be about as close to an accurate preview of heaven as we humans could see this side of the second coming of Jesus.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Breathing Grace from a Breath Filled Word.