There is a phrase I’ve been thinking about a bit latley “minister’s of Grace”. God wants to touch people’s lives and pour out His blessing on them. This blessing isn’t necessarily the financial type or health type although sometimes it is, but rather the spiritual blessing of knowing God.
Jesus said, after all, that this is eternal life – that they know You the living God.
Whenever we are bought closer and deeper to this intimate knowledge of God we have experienced God ministering His Grace to us.
Ultimately it is Jesus who alone and foremostly ministers God’s Grace to us by His dying on the cross. In Him the way to know God has been opened, where before it was locked shut.
However it seems that Jesus uses people and objects through which to minister His Grace and this ultimate blessing of knowing God into our lives. Look at Paul’s descriptions of the Church Body in the letters.
Recently I have been listening to a rap group which I used to listen to as a young teenager. They write songs that are rooted in Christian teaching. While a part of me feels quite foolish listening to this music, another part of me has received God’s ministering to me through this music.
I have a feeling that we limit God’s work in our lives through these agents, these minister’s of His Grace, when we harbor contempt towards them. What do I mean? I mean God may really want to speak (minister His Grace) to us through the teenage preacher who is speaking at the youth service on Sunday. But because in our hearts, because of pride & arrogance, we have decided this lad has nothing to offer which we don’t already know etc…God’s work is limited.
I wonder how many hymns and times of worship at our Churches would be significant moments of encounter with God if we only looked past the style of music or the singer’s ability? I wonder how many sermon’s would have changed our life if we weren’t busy comparing the speaker to Mr. Charisma at so-and-so conference? Even on a day to day level, in our conversations. What if we were prepared to recieve God’s work in our lives through the lives of those we work alongside?
Where are the agents of Grace in your life? Who are you treating with contempt and therefore missing out on encounter s with Jesus?
One final thought as I saw this in action at the weekend. Part of the Navigator vision is this idea of ‘passing the baton’. This means letting those who are younger step into our roles. At one point during a sermon from a youngish looking bloke – probably late 30s – I looked round and saw all the gray haired heads of the 70s and 60s bowed scribbling down sermon notes. Here were veteran Christian leaders humbling themselves to receive from the likes of the young.
If they can do that with a 30 year experience and age gap. How much more can I do that with the christian rap music written for children. Or the kids in the youth group. My wife? My siblings? The author of a book I find boring? Etc.
God keep me teachable, and may I learn to receive Your touch whenever, however, wherever and whoever it comes through!