“Grace needs to be turned inside out so that we can see what God’s really doing in there.” That is the way Bram Floria, my guest last night on BlogTalkRadio responded to my question about what “Grace Turned Outward” looks like to him. He answered the question by picturing one of those Bulova “space watches,” where the face is transparent and you can see all the inner workings of the watch. Grace Turned Outward is the opportunity someone has of seeing what God’s grace is actually doing inside someone else. It’s the essence of the life on life we were talking about yesterday. It is why our greatest work is to simply walk alongside somebody because God’s grace is showing.
“In turning grace outward, you’re exposing the real person God was ministering to in the first place,” Bram went on. “They get to see you in response to that grace. They see how you received it, and how you’re loving it so much you can’t not share it. You have a lot to talk about when you talk about how it’s been moving inside you. What is it about you that’s so different? When they ask those kinds of questions, how can we not tell the story.”
Listening to him talk, I was reminded of the 1977 Steven Spielberg classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It was one of the first big Sci-fi movies to portray aliens as a thing of wonder — a being as curious as we would be — versus someone’s horrible nightmare out to get us. Through most of the movie until the very end, we see the alien creature indirectly through the eyes of someone looking at it. We see the evidence of the thing reflected on the beholder’s face, and in some ways, it’s superior to seeing the thing itself. We see what it does to a person to gaze upon it.
So it is with Grace Turned Outward. Others see us reflecting Him. It’s God’s grace turned inside out through our lives. Bram is so right: how can we not tell that story.
And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Click here to access our 30-minute interview with Bram Floria, President of Compassion Radio.