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Mastery Mondays

The Legacy We Leave

Legacy Of Grace

My grandma left a beautiful legacy for my family and I. She was the most gracious, loving woman that I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time with.

She lived in a small town and was well known there because she had lived there for her entire life. When she passed away, her memorial was packed. There must have been upwards of 500 people there. 

The stories that people shared about how she had touched their lives forever with her kindness had the entire room in tears. 

People talked about how she would be remembered for many many years because she had impacted so many lives. 

When I think about her and think about what qualities made her so special, I believe that the most important one was applying grace to other people. She was not judgemental of other people or their circumstances. She chose to love them despite anything else.

She listened well and knew how to make you feel comfortable and heard.

Her life was not an easy one, and yet that did not stop her from impacting other people.

The legacy we leave has everything to do with the choices we make today. Every time I think about my grandma, I am reminded to treat others with love and to always apply grace,.

I want to leave behind a legacy like that.

Recommended Book

The Case for Grace

Feb 24, 2015
ISBN: 9780310334309

Interesting Fact #1

From a biblical point of view, grace has two distinct dynamic meanings: First, it describes God's forgiveness of sin. Second, it describes God's empowerment of us to live a life pleasing to the Lord. One of the reasons for major misunderstandings of grace in today's Church is stressing one while downplaying the other. A biblical understanding can only be maintained when both dynamics of grace are understood and stressed properly.


Interesting Fact #2

The Greek word for grace is “charis”, an etymological neighbor of “gift”. By definition, grace as unmerited favor of God is totally free and can't be earned.


Interesting Fact #3

Grace, in Greek religion, one of a group of goddesses of fertility.


Quote of the day

“When life doesn't meet your expectations, it was important to take it with grace.” ― Patricia Briggs

Article of the day - Two things we all need to know about grace

Economists say, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Nothing in this world comes for free. Even when we don’t pay and a friend picks up our meal, someone is still paying for it. 

Grace works the same way. Now, before you say that I’m wrong because grace is free, don’t forget that grace was not free. It was costly. It cost God His son, and it cost Jesus His life.

You Can’t Earn What Is Free

What does that mean for us? It means we can’t earn our salvation or buy God's favor. Jesus paid the penalty for our sin (Ephesians 1:7). Paul tells a church in Ephesus, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8). 

Salvation comes by grace through faith. It is not earned through attending church, memorizing your Bible, or avoiding alcohol. No amount of good works will earn God's favor. God can't love you any more than He already does. He loves us fully and completely. If we miss this, we’ll spend our entire lives trying to earn something we already have — like that person who searches for their glasses that already sit on top of their head. Instead of joyfully serving such a gracious God, we’ll find ourselves slaves to fear and doubt, spending our time trying to grasp and maintain God’s approval.

Grace Never Runs Away

Sometimes grace is hardest when we’ve messed up big time. When we sin and feel rightful regret because we have hurt the God we love, we want to earn His love back. Like a husband bringing home flowers for his wife to reconcile after a fight, we want to bring God something, anything, that will make us feel worthy of His love again. There is nothing we can bring God to change His disposition toward us. It is not your behavior that merits grace; it’s faith. C. S. Lewis wrote, “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”

Maybe a free lunch and free grace do not exist, but because of God's great love, He picked up your tab. And through faith, you have been lavished with free grace (Ephesians 1:8).

Question of the day - Who in your life has left behind the most impactful legacy?

The Legacy We Leave

Who in your life has left behind the most impactful legacy?