Drunk on Grace

Ephesians 2:1-5 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

This passage is so rich. So deep. So life altering. The picture painted, a people being ushered from death to life, held only by the hand of GRACE. Not just regular grace, GOD’S grace. But, I’ve said too much already, for this is not even what I’m commissioned to tell you today. Three words in this passage are preaching to me right now, or five, depending on which version you prefer. I prefer them in the amplified version, but it’s all the same.

“Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh…” Ephesians 2:3 amp

Can you see them? The 5 words? Probably not, and that’s kind of the point. As the great Apostle Paul reminds the people of how wretched and desperately in need of saving grace they were, he says these 5 words that I want to better incorporate into the vocabulary of my life: “We as well as you“. It almost gets lost in the movement of the conversation, but it’s there and it matters so much. A hero of the faith, a man that wrote a huge portion of scripture, says, I am not any better than you, no more deserving, no less depraved. We are all drunk on grace

In the presence of every person, whether a fellow believer or the one we see as the most despicable sinner of them all, may everything we exude scream “WE as well as you”. May we never, ever forget who we were and who we could’ve been had the grace of God not intervened.

I spent 9 years doing intense inner city ministry in the Bronx. I can’t tell you how many times I looked into the eyes of addicts, prostitutes, fatherless youth, abused, homeless, violent people who asked me in every kind of way, “How is it that I feel like you’re just like me? You don’t look down on us, it feels like you’re one of us”. My answer? I just understand that the only thing that separates me from you is one act of grace. Had I faced what you’ve faced in life I might have a needle hanging out of my arm right now.

No matter your platform, you never are reaching down to reach someone, you are always reaching across. Nobody is beneath you. We all stand on level ground and the God of Grace extends his arm just as much to reach every single one of us. The only thing that separates us from anyone is one act of grace. May we never extract ourselves from that picture. WE as well as you.

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~ by oraia on March 27, 2013.

5 Responses to “Drunk on Grace”

  1. “You are never reaching down to reach someone, you are always reaching across.” Powerful stuff right there! I think I’ll put that in my pocket for later. Anyway, awesome piece of insight and really interesting how you focused on a part of the verse that seems so small.

  2. Reblogged this on How Beautiful….

  3. Grace and peace be unto you from God our Father. You truly are an inspiration. I pray that God continues to promote you.

  4. doing a study on the battle for my heart (gateway people #habitation services) just now online. and bob hamp is asking about strongholds and lies you have believed in your heart. and when I asked GOD to reveal the lie and tell me the truth — who am I? ” I heard ringing in my spirit a verse from “His” Stripped naked… you are mine. A few weeks ago when I was ready to be too through with me. — then you taught me I am no longer a desecrated altar. this is who you are in the earth. relevant and unstoppable. and able to bring the reviving warmth of the Holy spirit back to me when I have flatlined. I love you Oraia.

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