Is the Christian life about grace or effort? Is it about working hard and being disciplined, or about living in dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit?
I love the following illustration from Jerry Bridges:
Bridges suggests you visualize looking down on the plane from above:
All of this reminds me of the apostle Paul’s own testimony in 1 Corinthians 15:10: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”
The Christian life is not a choice between being active or passive, working or praying, etc. It is about living in dependent discipline.