Have you ever squeezed hand cream out of the tube and ended up with far too much? No matter how long you worked it into your hands – and maybe even your elbows – you still had more than you could use. What did you do with the excess?
When I was a kid and that happened to my mom, she always grabbed my hands and gave it to me. Now my girls know where I learned that little trick!
Paul paints a similar picture of grace in the book of Ephesians. God has so richly and lavishly poured His grace out on us we have abundantly more than we need.
In Him we have redemption through Hi blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7-8.
The word translated as “lavish” in the NIV means “to exceed, to exist in abundance, to be leftover, to abound, to overflow, to furnish richly so that one has an abundance.” We truly have more grace than we can use for ourselves.
What are we to do with all that grace? God calls us to share it with others. We can give God’s grace to those around us through our words and our deeds.
Recently, I had the honor of sharing a message on this very topic with my own church family. Now I’d like to share it with you. “Lavish Grace” explores God’s call to be people of grace and describes what that looks like in our lives. I would love to know if God speaks to you in a particular way!