The Grace of God - Here is My Definition

Definition of grace  Paul  damascus road  audacious insanity of a heavenly wisdomThe story of Saul on the Damascus Road is described in Acts 9:1-19. This is his conversion experience. This is the transformation of Saul to Paul.

This is the story of surprising mercy and unexpected love to one who was least deserving of it.

It is the story of how God's grace turns sinners into saints, rebels into servants, and persecutors into missional leaders.

We are so familiar with this story that, perhaps, it no longer amazes us with its sheer improbability. I read this and I wonder at the boldness of God! To take a murdering, persecuting zealot and call him to be the lead apostle of grace . . . This is not just boldness. Stronger words are needed. The audacity, the presumption, the insanity of such a plan!

Yet that is exactly what grace is. 

Grace is the audacious insanity of a heavenly wisdom that works miracles in hopeless places and lost cases.

That is the grace we have received from God, in Christ.

No wonder Paul teaches things like Galatians 2:20 and 1 Corinthians 15:9-10.

Because of grace, we live in the joy and love of a restored relationship with God. 

Because of grace we have the full benefits of a glorious new identity that redefines who we are.

Because of grace we are now free and empowered to participate in the "Missio Dei" (Mission of God) in the world God loves.

This is surely a "take-your-breath-away," surprised by the amazing gift of God experience!

We were enemies, rebels, ungodly, sinners, lost, alienated and more.
Now we are deeply loved, forgiven, and accepted.
Adopted into God's family.
Blessed with all the fullness of redemption.
Invited to a glory beyond what we can know or imagine.

Grace - a most audacious insanity indeed.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org