How to Epitomize Grace:
In life, we have this undeniable tendency to act selfishly, be unfaithful, display exuberance without righteousness, and take all of our blessings for granted that God has given us. I am not here to convict, conflict, or condemn you in any way; I personally am here to raise awareness and to leave you questioning if you are living your life and leaving the same mark on the world that Jesus himself did. In remembrance, it is out of great honor, reverence, and love that I can passionately say that Christ left an amazing taste of what God has to offer on this planet. So when Jesus tells us that, “you will do greater things than even thee.” This should be the ultimate wake-up call, that in due time, if we follow God to the fullest of our abilities, we can knock out some of those horrid adjectives I listed above. Keeping in mind, that only through grace and peace through the Word is this possible though. I beg the question, do you epitomize grace with your actions?
Although the obvious is that none of us are perfect nor will we ever be perfect, I can assuredly say that once Jesus died for us…God forever has pity on us and understands that we simply are little lambs following our lead lamb, along with following who we believe to be our Sheppard. Before we jump into how grace is shown, first you must understand what grace is, along with who gives grace and have a solid understanding of life situations where grace and be applicable. So let me begin telling you about Jesus, the one who saves, the one who lived our same life situations and battled temptation better than anyone ever before. You see, Jesus lived on this planet to forever be our role model, to be the one we are to model ourselves after until God comes back and takes His bride, the church, home. Christ, also known as Jesus, was brought to the world to be the ultimate sacrifice, to be such a sacrifice that no man would ever have to sacrifice their lambs again. Friends, Jesus simply epitomized grace to the fullest extent. So you ask how?
Grace can be defined in a multitude of ways, but let me give you some scripture to back up what grace truly is, because anyone can look up a word in a dictionary, but not everyone can take the initiative to pull a story out of the gospel and make it applicable to one of the greatest concepts the Bible and our lives have to offer. I, of course, am unaware of your Biblical knowledge, so I will dumb it down a little to make sure it really hits the point home. God’s work in Hosea defines grace. In Hosea 1:2, the Bible states: “When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.” Then in verse 3, the Bible tells us, “…He went and took Gomer…who then conceived and bore him a son.” Later, Hosea and Gomer continue to fulfill God’s wish of having children and add a daughter, but then this where things start to get out of line. Before I go on and explain what exactly is happening here, I want you to think of Gomer as the prostitute on the side of the street, the woman who has abused her body through other men, who has been sold for sex, and is the ultimate desperate woman. God gives Hosea a task, even after understanding exactly who Gomer is, Hosea follows with blind faith to fulfill what God has called Hosea to accomplish in his life. Following the second child, Gomer commits adultery and has a third child with a different man, Gomer has went back to her old ways. So in Chapter 3, The Lord says to Hosea, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” To quantify exactly what “cakes of raisins” means, in the KJV, it is more accurately described in laments terms as flagons of wine. Flagons can be defined similarly to a flask. So although the people of Israel love other gods and other materialistic benefits, the fact is that God asks Hosea to love Gomer as God loves us. Often times we tend to focus on materialistic benefits like becoming drunk, producing sin, and things outside of what the Lord has in store for us.
But what God is saying here is, “I’ve loved you through all of this and I love all of you through all of this, so display the SAME grace on Gomer, as I’ve displayed with all of my people. In response, Hosea decided to follow God’s orders and buy Gomer back, because she had become enslaved, for 15 shekels of silver and a homer and a lethetch of barley. So then after Hosea buys her out of the slavery, Hosea lectures her as God would, “You must dwell as mine for many days. You should not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.” In verses 4-5 Hosea continues…”For the children of Israel shall swell without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillow, without ephod of household gods. Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to his goodness in latter days.” To sum of the ending of Chapter 3, Hosea puts this largely in perspective for Gomer, so that the picture and magnitude is much larger than just the relationship between the two of them, but as Hosea is following the relationship of the people of Israel and Christ. This action of Hosea actually showing love to someone who is so…corrupt in the mind and constantly sleeping with other men and committing adultery, is an action perfectly described as grace.
The grace of Hosea here is a sample of the grace that we as people can distribute amongst all others, but the fact that Hosea had the audacity to follow God’s calling blindly is a testament to how following God blindly can result in a beautiful occurrence. It’s proof and evidence that God can do anything and God’s calling is true and genuine, and that no matter how bad it gets, God will always have our backs. Through faith, we can do all things through Christ in which He sets forth for us. Ponder yourself as Gomer and God as Hosea, how often has God came to your rescue when the world had claimed you its slave?