Gratitude is a ‘grace received attitude.’ This should mark every action and attitude of the believer. The gift of everlasting life, once received, is the springboard for real life.
Religious life is often marked by lots of activity. This activity can unfortunately arise out of need, a desire to please or else from a desire to obtain a benefit.
The Christian life, however, should be marked by a unique feature: gratitude. All our efforts should be in response to needs already met, or as an expression of gratitude for the benefits already received. These benefits come to us through faith rather than by status, personal effort or manipulation.