If we truly believe something it should produce behavior. My struggle is has been to balance allowing Grace to pervade my life and realizing that I should put effort into my walk with Christ. I become like a pendulum swinging to the extreme of thinking grace means I don’t have to do anything, or the other extreme of earning and working. Trying to do it all by myself. Grace is God acting in our life to do what we cannot do on our own. Effort is an action of what we believe.
Grace is not opposed to effort, but to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace is not just about forgiveness — if we had never sinned we would still need grace! Grace is God acting in our life to do what we cannot do on our own. Grace is what we live by and the human system won’t work without it. The saint uses grace like a 747 jet burns gas on takeoff! – Dallas Willard
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)