In my first three years of serving at Highlight Church, I have been privileged to learn so much about the texture and order of grace in the context of serving & leading. There is undeniably an ebb & a flow with giving and receiving grace as God’s kingdom grows. It is this dance that I am just starting get comfortable with and willing to participate in. May I share with you what I have learned and am continuing to learn?
Let’s look at this portrait of grace, or rather, a line. Because of Jesus Christ coming to earth, you and I were born into a context of grace. The New Testament describes it as God’s love in action toward men who merited the opposite of His love. I see this grace extended today to you & I, I see it during Jesus’ earthly ministry, and I see it in the Old Testament narrative. As leaders, I believe this is the essence of where we start: God’s line of grace extended to us for all time, no matter what. As you serve, discern, and as you lead, may you start with this line in mind.
My first year in particular, I needed a healthy of measure of grace from my gracious leaders. That’s another thing, you extend grace but you can also function in graciousness. Mind you, they do both! I was overseeing an annual review that was meant to remain anonymous to our leaders & superheroes participating. Instead of creating a system where privacy was protected, I did the opposite. Every time a person would submit their vulnerable answers, it would be broadcasted to about 13 people in bold font. Half way through, our executive Pastor had the system “shut down” because of the disaster. It was a definite emergency - I could not show face to our leaders for an entire week. Even though my leaders have already extended grace my way for this, I still need a fresh covering for this buried catastrophe.
Let me tell you this, though, receiving their grace has been a lot easier because I have already embraced God’s grace for me, before my time began. And I believe the same will be the same for you - the quicker you receive God’s grace for you, the quicker you can receive it from your leaders and those you lead. As leaders, we all have those graveyards of mistakes. But, may the difference come in the fact that the graveyard doesn’t define our destiny. A line of grace has already been extended to us who deserve the opposite.
This line is continuous. This line is intact. This line was put in place by God. This line has been given for us all who need it. May we live well & lead well in light of His Grace Line.