Friday, August 28, 2009

Gospel Motivation

From DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed:
...the secret of the gospel is that we actually do more when we hear less about all we need to do for God and hear more about all that God has already done for us.
Read that again. Slowly. Think about it. And never forget it.

That was the last sentence to a superb post I read today. I highly recommend reading the entire post, though it is on the longer side. The gospel is so counter-intuitive, so paradoxical.

I didn't plan this, but I wrote a post on Monday about ceasing from our work because we are to rest in Christ's finished work. And then on Tuesday I linked to a post about being ambitious for Christ. No, these two are not contradictory. The key is understanding gospel motivation.

When we dwell in the gospel continually--living the gospel-saturated life, sinking our roots ever deeper into God's mercies to us in Christ--we will rest in God and we will be ambitious for the very same time.

If one or the other is missing, perhaps the reason is that our roots aren't sinking deep enough into the gospel?

HT: Christ Is Deeper Still

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