Grace is a gift from God…freely given to the broken, the hurting, and the lost.
I’ve been pondering on this thing called grace. Two posts ago, I talked about it, Grace Greater Than All (if you haven’t read it). Our church has been doing a series on it. In the sermon last week, Matt Reagan (lead team pastor) preached and said, “Grace breaks through ceilings.”
Hmmm…there goes that pondering.
When Jesus died on the cross that fateful day, God ripped in two the veil of separation between Himself and man, ripped it from the top to the bottom.
Rending Jesus’ veil of flesh in two to seal covenant.
Opening heaven to man through His blood.
Revealing the way for Christ to live in each life.
Giving man personal access to the True Temple, the presence of God.
Bringing grace to all who would believe.
Grace broke through the ceiling of heaven.
Grace cannot be corralled and explained by any one term in English; it has far too many meanings.
However, grace in Greek is charis, which can be used literally, figuratively, or spiritually. It means graciousness, in manner, speech, or act; divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in life; gratitude; that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, etc.
It comes from another word, meaning to be cheerful, calmly happy or well-off; can be used as a salutation upon meeting or parting, such as be well; and also means joy, rejoice, and be glad.
God’s grace is cheerfully and freely given to us, awakening gratitude in us and working out through us to others.
This story is such a great example of faith and grace; I need to use it again.
Out of faith, four men carried their paralyzed friend on his mat to where Jesus was staying. But they were too late to get to Jesus. The house swarmed with those seeking a word or a touch from Jesus and overflowed out the door.
But these men did not give up. They decided to climb onto the roof and hoist their friend up with them.
Not only is this faith but is grace as well.
Grace given freely. For a friend.
Grace broke through the ceiling.
Landing at the feet of Jesus.
Grace shared…for the need of another.
Grace broke through the divine ceiling in order to give you a gift to help others. Peter wrote, “God’s gifts [charisma] of grace [charis] come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully.” (1 Peter 4:10 NIRV)
Do you have a paralyzed friend who needs a ceiling breakthrough or needs to be carried to Jesus? Though your words or actions may not touch that one, your prayers will.
Are you in need of grace? Do you think of yourself as the paralyzed, broken one upon the mat? Do you need to be carried to Jesus by other believers?
Grace will break through the ceiling for you.