Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Keller on Humility

Keller has a great article in Christianity Today about humility and the gospel. As usual, he shows us how the gospel is central to every part of the Christian life. A key quote:

There are two basic narrative identities at work among professing Christians. The first is what I will call the moral-performance narrative identity. These are people who in their heart of hearts say, I obey; therefore I am accepted by God. The second is what I will call the grace narrative identity. This basic operating principle is, I am accepted by God through Christ; therefore I obey.

People living their lives on the basis of these two different principles may superficially look alike. They may sit right beside one another in the church pew, both striving to obey the law of God, to pray, to give money generously, to be good family members. But they are doing so out of radically different motives, in radically different spirits, resulting in radically different personal characters.

What narrative identity am I working from? I hope the second, realizing that all that I have is by the grace of God that I have found in Jesus Christ.

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