Radical Grace

Daily reading: Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29
Thursday June 1, 2017

Galatians 3:23-28
23 Before faith came, we were guarded under the Law, locked up until faith that was coming would be revealed, 24 so that the Law became our custodian until Christ so that we might be made righteous by faith.

25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian.
26 You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

The radical grace that Paul has experienced isn’t achieved by our actions or by following the law.

It insistently seeks us out like a farmer paying absolutely everyone the same wage regardless if they showed up as the sun was rising or just an hour before quitting time.

It’s the reckless grace of a shepherd leaving the 99 faithful to seek out the one single lamb that wandered off.

It’s the wasteful grace of a father that kills the fatted calf and offers his golden ring and robe to his son that was lost but now has been found. 

It’s the gracious hospitality that sends out messengers to make sure that everyone knows that they are invited and expected at the banquet.

It’s the love of our gracious God that will seek us out at the farthest edges of the world, in whatever human constructed hell we find ourselves in, so that we know that we are part of the family.

The apostle Paul insists that we live this out.  That the faithfulness of Christ expands within us so that our radical actions of grace infuse our community.

Prayer: Gracious God, allow me to be open to your unconditional love.  May it fill me so that my life is altered and I am able to see the world through your grace filled lens.  May Christ be before me, behind me, to my right and left and be my guide today.  Amen.


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