God’s grace is the theme of the New Testament and yet with all this scriptural emphasis it seems we are still slow to rightly understand it. We either tend to think that it is some kind of extra credit that adds to our goodness, thus making us acceptable to God. Or we secretly tend to believe it is a “get out of jail free” card that allows us to dabble in sin without consequences. Both are obviously a perversion of what is presented to us in God’s word. Biblical grace is the immeasurable and completely unearned favor that God grants us because of Christ and in spite of ourselves. It is not an add on, but a complete replacement of our attempts at earning a place in God’s family. Once granted God’s grace is tenacious in instructing us to deny ungodliness and live holy lives – not to earn God’s favor, but in response to it (Tit.2:12). Let us always be grateful for grace, being careful to understand it as we should.
This season is often marked by family traditions. From gathering around the table to express what we are thankful for to preparing our favorite holiday foods. But beyond the fun and festivities, one of the things I like most about traditions is the way they demarcate the years. These annual rituals help us see how far we’ve come since last year, what things have changed, and most importantly, the sort of legacy we are building over the course of our lives.
As you look back on the years, what kind of heritage are you building? Are you investing in those who will outlive you? Leaving a strong spiritual legacy doesn’t happen without intentionality. It requires strategy. It means you become generous in sharing your life and faith with Christians younger in the faith. Of course, the most natural place for this ministry to take place is in the home. Our first responsibility is to impart the wisdom and knowledge of God to our children.
When you give a donation this month to Focal Point, as a small way of saying thank you, we’ll send you an excellent book by Josh McDowell. It’s called 10 Commitments for Dads: How to Have an Awesome Impact on Your Kids.
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