“EXTREME” GRACE 5/15
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Extreme. Much of the adventures, days, heartbreaks, pitfalls, successes and joyful moments of life are ordinary, although when you attach the word “Extreme” to them they become significant as well as unforgettable. This word is synonymous with: danger, life-threatening, thrilling, risky, exciting, punishing, intense, severe and acute. These types of experiences can make or break an individual over and over again, setting them apart as possessing a distinguishable life. One such life was that of Jesus. He not only lived the very definition of grace, but carried it to the extreme in the way of the cross and His crucifixion. His resurrection provides eternal life for all and gives the opportunity to practice and extend grace.
A very good friend of mine recently told me that I practice extreme grace. When such undeserved love is put into play and extended to others you become the target of ridicule by the unbelieving world as well as anguish and tears. Grace provides a freeway of love to flow to others with all the frustration of rush hour as well as the open road. It is holding a rose by the stem in order to behold the beauty of the flower. You cannot have one without the other.
The above verse illustrates how “extremely” important grace is. Without it faith could never be activated by ourselves and the God of love realized. If it was, it would be manipulated, polluted, watered down and possess only a drop of the Real Jesus. It could not be unconditional, sacrificial or undeniable. This “false” grace is gray, tasteless and sickening when trying to practice. There would be no living in this fabricated grace, only suffocation with no hope of escape or seeing the totality of Jesus!
I like extreme things, although as I age I have to draw a line between what will hurt temporarily or leave a permanent limp. One item I will continue live by is extreme grace. It will be painful, you will be taken advantage of but it is the best teacher for experiencing the absolute value of love and importance of each individual soul that God has given life. I urge all to follow His example, giving your life to the Creator of it, then using grace for His glory and watch an unbelievable world explode.
For His Glory through extreme Grace, Pastor Dave