Monday, December 10, 2012

Tasting Grace

Make your own hot chocolate mix



A few weeks ago I asked my mom for a homemade hot chocolate mix recipe that I vividly recall from my childhood days. Oh the memories are sweet: coming in from the snow, cheeks red and fingers cold, mixing the hot chocolate with water and drinking it to warm me from the inside out.

Yesterday Lauren and I made our own hot cocoa mix (a combination of my mom’s recipe and one from a coworker). We dumped and poured and mixed and created a batch large enough to last us a couple cold Minnesota winters.
Then I heated up some water, stirred in the cocoa mix and handed my 3-year-old daughter her first glass. I watched her sample it tentatively. Then her eyes lit up. She clutched the glass with her tiny hands and didn’t stop until the last drop was gone.

And with a twinkle in her eye she immediately asked: “Can I have more?”

And so it is with grace my friends.

On the bus this morning, I read: “When you have tasted the grace of the gospel, no relationship looks the same to you.”—J.D. Greear, Gospel

All day I have been asking God, “Have I really tasted grace?”

The grace of the gospel is life transforming and one need not wonder if they’ve tasted of its goodness.

One knows.

I knew.

Immediately.

If you’ve tasted grace you see yourself as chief of sinners, not first sinned against.

If you’ve tasted grace you forgive without reservation, knowing that forgiveness has been given to you.

If you’ve tasted grace you extend grace endlessly to others, because you know the sweet, sweet aroma of grace.

If you’ve tasted grace your life reflects humility, because grace can’t sit alongside pride or arrogance or selfishness.

Grace is transforming and if I haven’t been transformed, then I haven’t truly tasted grace.

Greear says: “Because you haven’t really tasted grace, you won’t extend grace to each other.” To whom? Your spouse. Your co-worker. Your friend. Your roommate. Your parent. Your sibling. Your enemy.

Tasting grace makes life a lot less about me, and a lot more about others.
Tasting grace means I forgive easily, love genuinely, speak kindly, give generously, serve endlessly.

Tasting grace is like a bottomless cup of hot cocoa. We wrap our hands around it’s goodness, and with a twinkle in our eye we ask God, “Can I have more?”

And God responds by lavishly pouring out His love and grace until we are warmed – and transformed – from the inside out.

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