The Wastefulness of Grace

The Wastefulness of Grace

There are many ways to describe God’s grace and His love for us: patient, kind, sacrificial, undeserved. William Paul Young, author of the best-selling book ‘The Shack’, recently stopped by The Joe Sikorra Show and Joe asked him about a unique description of God’s grace that Young used in his book.

“I love this and I had never heard this before,” Joe said. “In the book you use a term called ‘the wastefulness of grace.’ Tell me a little bit about that. What do you mean by ‘the wastefulness of grace’?”

Young explained:

“Well, I live in the Pacific Northwest, and if you know anything about the whole region from British Columbia through Washington and Oregon, we have the wastefulness of green. We get every state of green, and the more I travel the more I realize that my eyes have become accustomed to all these shades of green and I start starving when I’m not around here. You land here and you just go, ‘Ahhhh.’

There’s a wastefulness to it, and I see it in Creation. You look at the universe, most of which is never going to be seen by human beings, at least on this side of eternity. And it’s huge, and there is so much here, and it’s wasteful in the most beautiful way. And I think grace is like that. The more you lean into it, the more extravagant it is. And that to me is just like the nature and character of God.

There is a wastefulness. There is an abundance. This is not a God who is just holding on to goodness and kindness and doling it out just because He has to. This is a God who is profoundly in our face with goodness, and yet we’ve turned our faces so far away that we don’t even know what we’re inside the embrace of.”

The movie ‘The Shack’, based on Young’s book of the same name, comes out in theaters nationwide today. During his interview with Joe Sikorra, William Paul Young told us what we can expect from the movie:

“This is where you see, in a way that matters to you, that you are not alone in this. And the layers of the film, which reflect the layers of the book, means that as you change you’re going to hear different things. And it’s already happened in the screenings. For some people this becomes a story about forgiveness, for other people it becomes a story about loss and the fact that our tears matter and that our story matters. For some it’s a confrontation about unforgiveness, or a confrontation about being a judge. And so it has so many ways to meet me where I am, and inside what I bring to the table. And I think that’s part of the profound nature of good, creative work. It opens up a space for people to hear for themselves.”

Listen to the full interview with William Paul Young below:

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