Thursday, December 13, 2007

Gratitude as mindset

It seems to me that the basic Christian mindset is, or ought to be, gratitude. What are we Christians, anyway? What defines us? Isn't it the fact that, completely apart from any merit of our own, we trust in Jesus' sacrifice for our sins? In other words, our only standing before God--the only thing that sets us apart and gives us hope for eternal life--is having received a gift. A gift of infinite value to us and inestimable cost to the Giver. A gift that we could not possibly deserve--a gift that was necessary precisely because we did not deserve it.

What possible response should that engender apart from gratitude? Certainly not the religious, moralistic pride that all-too-often we can exhibit. We forget that we are a community of sinners before we become a community of saints, and that anything good in us is a gracious gift of God.


Blogger Even So... said...

Indeed...I also spoke on gratitude yesterday...

10:26 AM, December 13, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Cool. Hope you're doing well, J.D.

2:29 PM, December 13, 2007  

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