We raised our hands and voices again this morning in worship, singing of grace being an ocean…and if it is, we’re all sinking.
Then Heaven met earth like a sloppy, wet kiss. And well, after that line in the song, it took me awhile to get my spirit and soul focused on Jesus again.
I always think about a cocker spaniel puppy when we sing that verse. I mean really, ‘a sloppy wet kiss?’ I know Jesus loves us, God loves us, immeasurably and tenaciously so.
But frankly, I think we are getting a little too casual with this word we toss around in Christian circles–the word is ‘grace.’
There’s a difference, of course, between cheap and free. Free is a gift given by the Giver, purchased with a price. Cheap is, well, worthless.
I am becoming weary of hearing the phrase, “thank God for His grace, it covers all my __________” being used like a ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card.
The Greek word for grace is ‘charis’–gift. We get the words ‘charisma’ and ‘charismatic’ from this. People with ‘charisma’ are gifted. People who are ‘charismatic’ have gifts of many kinds, and often they have the gift of the Holy Spirit.
A passage I’ve been meditating on in Ephesians Chapter 1 really spoke to me about this; verses 5-8 in particular make it clear we cannot separate the gift of grace from the Giver: