“Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace, you know, does not just have to do with forgiveness of sins alone.”Dallas Willard, The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship
I don’t know anything about Dallas Willard.
A Pastor from my church pointed me toward Dallas Willard when he mentioned the quote above when we were talking about how much “trying” I should be doing in “trying” to become what God wants me to be. I was worried that I wasn’t supposed to be “trying” at all because that meant I was still focused on “works.”
He mentioned the above quote, which I immediately looked for on-line.
That led me to this book, The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship which is now on my reading list. (Disclosure: I do not receive any fees or anything else for book referral links – the link is purely for convenience.)
Reading the blurb about the book I also saw this absolutely fascinating quote, which made me decide I definitely want to read the book:
The last command Jesus gave the church before he ascended to heaven was the Great Commission, the call for Christians to “make disciples of all the nations.” But Christians have responded by making “Christians,” not “disciples.”ibid
Wow. That totally blew my mind.
Definitely on my reading list now!