There are no caste systems in grace. “Grace turned outward” means we all live from the same vulnerable place.
Grace is undeserved favor. You can’t take any credit for it. You can’t boast in it. You can boast about receiving it but not in a way that leaves anyone out, because you become like everyone else when you receive it. You can’t receive grace and then step up to a notch on the social scale. To receive grace is to put you on a par with all regular sinners. Nothing special about you.
Nor is there a lower level of grace for extra-bad sinners who therefore need an extra measure of it. No stepping down either. We are all equal under grace — equally undeserving, equally sinful, equally amazed. Grace doesn’t leave anyone out. Since grace is totally undeserved, then we all have equal access to it.
Grace cancels out any judging or measuring. Jesus told us not to judge because then we would be judged. He told us that whatever we measure out, will be measured back to us (Matthew 7:1,2). Consequently, anyone who judges or continues to measure anyone’s righteousness or lack of it, is unacquainted with grace. If you can’t give out grace, you never got it. If there is anyone you can think of who is more undeserving than you of God’s grace, then you have not received grace for yourself.
You can’t have it both ways. You don’t get to receive grace and then turn around and judge someone. Perfect grace casts out all judgment.
This is why grace, by its very nature, has to be turned outward. You don’t just receive it for yourself. Once you receive grace you see everyone else differently. You lose the log out of your eye. You see clearly for the first time in your life. You see that God wants everyone else to have it, too, and you want everyone to know.
And suddenly there was with me an ocean of humanity
A sea of many faces in waves of warm embraces
And while I questioned how to judge them all
Who would rise and who would fall
I found myself among them
and it mattered little who was wrong or right.
– from the song, “Not the Only One” by John Fischer