“Be ye imitators of God”
Living under God’s grace is one thing, but living a life of grace by our own volition is another.
In recent years the expression “practice random acts of kindness” hit the bumper-sticker market and it was
a gentle nudge sometimes when we needed it most. First we had to find the courage to believe in
ourselves; then we had to learn the art of distributing this form of grace to others - this good will, this mercy -
most particularly to an undeserving recipient. True humanitarian grace.
Difficult though practicing such a thing may be, it is the greatest thing a Christian can do to mature in the
faith. Putting it another way, the late John Robert Stevens said, “the goal of a true ministry from God is to
mature the believer, not to prolong his/her infancy.” Extending humanitarian grace to others in whatever
form it takes is in a sense becoming an imitator of God, living with a
God-conscious mentality, spiritually maturing.
God’s grace provides us the ability to accomplish that which we cannot possibly do for ourselves because
God is not only the author of grace - God’s very essence is grace. Scripture tells us that God’s Son Jesus
was the exact likeness of God’s being, but we’re not in bad shape either because we have been made in
God’s image. God extends grace to us; therefore we can joyfully do the same to others.