Grace. What a liberating, yet empowering word.
Has God’s grace happened to you? Perhaps a better question: Is God’s grace happening to you?
Max Lucado addresses that last question extensively in his book, Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine. The book refreshed me like the blast of a cool breeze in these hot summer days.
Lucado reminds us that grace isn’t simply a classic theological concept. It’s not something that happens at just one point in our lives. It’s not our pass to go on living the life we’ve always known. God’s grace has been, and always will be, about change.
A seed needs soil to change into it’s latter, uncompromising stance–a tree. Likewise, our spiritual seeds remain planted in God’s grace, the ground zero of all spiritual growth. This soil will always be our base, the source of all our strength and hope.
Grace is available in ebook, paperback, or audio. I enjoyed listening to the audio version, read by Wayne Shepherd. Here are a few memorable quotes from the book:
“God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure.”
“Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.”
“The Christian is the person in whom Christ is happening.”
“Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart–poisoned as it is with pride and pain–and replacing it with his own. Rather than tell you to change, he creates the change.”
“Grace is everything Jesus. Grace lives because he does, works because he works, matters because he matters.”
“More verb than noun, more present tense than past tense, grace didn’t just happen; it happens.”
“God will change you, my friend. You are a trophy of his kindness, a partaker of his mission. Not perfect by any means but closer to perfection than you’ve ever been. Steadily stronger, gradually better, certainly closer.”
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;
2 Corinthians 9:8