I have read the following paragraph over and over -- its simple truth drawing me in:
There are two basic narrative identities at work among professing Christians. The first is what I will call the moral-performance narrative identity. These are people who in their heart of hearts say, "I obey; therefore I am accepted by God." The second is what I will call the grace narrative identity. This basic operating principle is, "I am accepted by God through Christ; therefore I obey."
For too many years, I operated under the moral-performance narrative. During those times, my spiritual life was dry, going through the motions and unmotivated. In more recent years I have accepted the grace narrative identity. As a result, I believe the fruit in my life to be more genuine, and the peace and presence of God much more obvious.