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Faith, Not Gratitude, Fuels Life

February 25, 2011

Faith in future grace, not gratitude, is the source of radical, risk-taking, kingdom-seeking obedience.

As I said before, this is not nit-picking or incidental; it is amazing. Gratitude is not set forth in the Bible as a primary motive for Christian living. Gratitude is a beautiful thing. There is no Christianity without it. It is at the heart of worship. It should fill the heart of every believer. But when it comes to spelling out the spiritual dynamics of how practical Christian obedience happens, the Bible does not say that it comes from the backward gaze of gratitude, but that it comes from the forward gaze of faith.

John Piper, Future Grace, 43.

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