Author Dallas Willard observed that “grace is not opposed to effort, but to earning.” That means that it is not wrong to expend energy and effort to get to know the Lord, but it is unbiblical to do so with the thought of earning God’s love, favor, and acceptance through the effort.
Kraft, Dave (2010-03-03). Leaders Who Last (Kindle Location 357). Good News Publishers/Crossway Books. Kindle Edition.