Grace-Driven Effort

People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.

D.A. Carson

Posted October 24, 2013 by The Spillover

One Response to “Grace-Driven Effort”

  1. I love how this quote from Carson captures our tendency to rationalize our sin & abuse our freedom in Christ. Also, the phrase “grace-driven effort” is a pointed reminder that although our transformation into Jesus-likeness begins & ends with God, we *must* be active investors as well.

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