Spring is the season of hyperbole.
Here in Maine, we live in the grip of winter’s clutches long after the calendar makes its equinox announcement–picture a foot of snow the week before Mother’s Day! Therefore, when yellow and green begin to show up in earnest, my eyes can’t take it in fast enough. Descriptive words sparkle like dew on a daffodil.
In my reading of Ephesians 1, I’m learning that Paul the letter-writer felt the same way about God, particularly in response to God’s grace.
He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:5-6)
According to Eugene Peterson, our English word “bestowed” doesn’t even come close to expressing what Paul was driving at in his effervescent Greek. The word he uses for expressing God’s action of bestowing grace is the verb form of the word the angel of the Lord uses to address Mary in Luke 1:28 as God’s “favored one.”
Bestow is actually the noun grace transformed into a verb.
Grace poured out.
Grace like a fire hose.
As Peterson so fluently expresses it: “In matters of God’s grace, hyperboles are understated.”
As God’s “favored ones,” what is our right response to God’s extravagance?
Well, for starters, let’s get used to the idea of abundance!
And then, let’s extend grace to others with the same extravagance with which we have received it.
Practicing a right response,
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