Grace is a small but huge word. It encompasses a redeemed life, a life being transformed, and a life that points to Jesus. It is something that happens in us, through us, and is at work around us. Eugene Peterson speaks of the “unforced rhythms of grace” in The Message Matthew 11:28-30.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
I have found that in my life, to experience a life that is free and light requires some necessary rhythms so that I can learn to walk in the ways of Jesus. I need to recognize and experience the goodness of God. I need to allow the daily redeeming of all that is amiss in my life. I need to be attentive to where the Holy Spirit is at work in around my life and act on it. I need to cultivate relationships in a community living a common life together. I need to live an inviting life extending the life to others I have found in Christ (evangelism; not a bad word 🙂 ). What if this became a weekly focus in community? Instead of a sermon series, what if we focused in a weekly rhythm of GRACE? What impact would consistently celebrating and growing in these focuses (one each week) have on us and the world around us? I think this looks like Jesus.
G: Sharing/Knowing/Recognizing the Goodness of God
R: Living a Redeemed life
A: Seeing/Hearing and Acting on the Lord’s leading
C: Learning to grow/restore healthy relationships in a Community
E: Sharing/Inviting others into the life we have found in Jesus (Evangelism)