Looking Back and Looking Forward

As I’ve been studying Titus 2 the past few weeks, I can’t get away from this quote from John Piper. Love it, love it, love it…

The incentive and power to live a Christian life pleasing to God comes from two directions as it were: it comes from looking back with gratitude to the grace of God that appeared in Jesus Christ at his first coming when he purchased our redemption; and it comes from looking forward with hope to the glory of God that will appear at the second coming when he completes our redemption.