“Grace needs to be turned inside out so that we can see what God’s really doing in there.” That is the way one of our BlogTalkRadio guests explained what he liked about our slogan “Grace Turned Outward.”
“In turning grace outward, you’re exposing the real person God is ministering to in the first place,” he went on. “Others get to see you in response to that grace. They see how you receive 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 His grace has done in your life. What does it mean to you personally? What is it about you that’s so different? When someone asks those kinds of questions, how can we not tell the story?”
Hearing this, 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. They see what God’s grace does to us. It’s God’s grace turned inside out through our lives. Our guest was so right: how can we not tell that story?
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)