We were not merely introduced into a temporary suspension of condemnation through Christ. We were introduced into an ongoing persistent love. We were introduced into a world where we are persistently loved despite our malicious selfishness over and over and over. It isn’t magic or correct theology or even Holy Spirit-bred resolve which transforms us. It is this enormous passionate endless persistent affection for us which keeps loving us when we keep failing which transforms us. It is a love which isn’t conditional upon our transformation which transforms us. It is God’s love for us which is poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Through His grace He keeps beaming infinite sacrificial love at us quite apart from the question of how much we deserve it.
Tim Keller is a gifted pastor/author/preacher/speaker etc. Here is a video on the relationship between Faith and Work from his talk at the 2013 Gospel Coalition's Faith at Work Post-Conference in Orlando.
I am often asked why we're planting a new church in Post Falls, an already highly-churched city. In fact, one guy in our core-group was asked by a co-worker why "we think we're better than the other churches." His co-worker's assumption was that we are planting a new church in Post Falls because we think we have better methods, content, gospel-centeredness, or whatever. That's not the case.
We could as easily say that one desires a neat and tidy house, just as the ideal stall would be clean. However, a clean house by the nature of things might just mean an empty house since children and husbands and houseguests and those neighborhood kids do not have to be in the house long before it is agonizingly messy. However, without all of those people there is no productivity—no true, biblical productivity—, no children to care for, no friends to counsel, no hospitality to extend.