We must labor to find life. We must be adults. We must take responsibility for our spiritual growth. Our salvation is not going to happen without us. For far too long, Christians have been obsessed with this notion that "all is grace" and "all is faith" and there's no room for works. That is one of the most damaging pieces of nonsense ever foisted on spiritual seekers. Ignatius of Loyola admonished his companions to pray as if everything depended on God but to work as if everything depended on them. In the spiritual life there is far too much laziness passing itself off as trust in God.

Ron Miller, The Gospel of Thomas