Grace-driven effort comes from a new heart. Without this new heart and this work of regeneration by the Holy Spirit, there can be no grace-driven effort. (Ephesians 2:1-10). There can only be effort driven by the applause and praise of men or from pride or self –righteousness. Without the transfer out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13), we will simply pit sin against sin.
It is not uncommon to watch men and women battling their fears and anxieties with control or manipulation; their lust with self-righteousness. No matter which issue wins out…sin still reigns in the ring. It is imperative that we understand what the gospel is and why it is the good news it is. We have been saved by grace ALONE through faith ALONE so that no one can boast!
We will continue trying to define “grace-driven effort” over the next week. I think there are at least five more pieces.