Reflecting on this quote by Arthur W. Pink, I could not help but agree more that growing in grace means growing downward when it comes to self. The more the Christian works for God, the more self is downplayed and the more God Himself is glorified. When I think of why my life changed, why I can endure persecutions, why I can learn to forgive even the worst of my foes, why I do not want to keep sinning is by God's grace as 1 Corinthians 15:10 says, "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me."
Remembering the song, "Amazing Grace" by John Newton, there is nothing but grace that changed the life of a wretched sinner to a wonderful soulwinner. A Christian's performance of good works is not out of need but as the desire of the new man as a result of God's grace. Romans 7:22 says, "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man." The old man hates the Law, it wants to glorify itself but the new man seeks to glorify God. The more a Christian grows in grace, the more it's always, "God's will be done." and "Not my will be done."