This Sunday, May 7th, 2017, Pastor Alex Vasquez unpacked an amazing message to continue our series Scandalous Grace here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.
Scandalous Grace: Everyday Grace
Sometimes in order to find out what something is to us personally, we first have to find out what it isn’t. Here are a few things that everyday grace is not:
- Everyday grace is not a distant concept.
- Everyday grace is not limited.
- Everyday grace is not compensation, or a “get out of jail free card”.
Now that you know what grace isn’t, what is grace to you as an individual? Here are a few things that everyday grace is:
- Everyday grace is a present, or a gift.
- Everyday grace is about growth.
- Everyday grace is about receiving truth through relationship.
- Everyday grace is scandalous.
Grace is like soil. But to get to that point, you’ve got to back up a little bit and look at yourself as the seed.
When you get dry seeds to plant, the seeds are dormant, which means they are inactive. All it usually takes to wake them up is just to add water. So if plant them in good soil, they will begin to come to life.
“Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)
Just like those dried up dormant seeds, the moment you add that living water, you will come to life. But that is just the beginning. The soil – grace – acts as a distribution center by pumping life and God’s promises into you every day. Just like a seed, living in everyday grace gives you strength. It helps you to grow roots that establish who you are. When you think of grace embracing you, think of yourself as the seed. You are surrounded by this life-giving grace that you can decide to take part in.
“Why had I assumed that growth in grace would be less painful than any other kind of growth? Heart surgery is heart surgery, any way you cut it.” – The Reign of Grace
Grace cuts to the core of who you are, and it can be hard, but through that pain, you are not alone. Everyday grace is not just for your protection, but also for your potential. It is through grace that you can receive life every day, but you have to allow your outer shell to be broken to receive the truth that you really need.
“But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir,’ she said. ‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.'” (John 8:1-11 NIV)
For you to really grow, the truth must invade your life, but without relationship it can be easy for you to reject the truth. The problem is, many people live on one side or the other. Truth without grace leads to rules and rebellion, while grace without truth leads to a “do whatever and believe whatever” lifestyle.
Everyday grace is there to embrace you even when you don’t deserve it. Life is filled with moments of great joy and moments of great pain. Scandalous grace invades those moments with life-changing, life altering-truths that:
- Lead you out of the dark places in your life.
- Direct you toward His promises.
- Free you from the lie that says you are not enough.
It’s that rich, life-giving soil that wraps you completely on all sides as you grow into your full potential. This is everyday grace.
To really live a life of everyday grace, you need to show that same scandalous grace to others. Remember, everyday grace is not a distant concept and it’s never ending. It has nothing to do with being good enough. The Father wants the best for us, and His grace is the best.
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