I'm reading a book called A Thomas Jefferson Education. It has lots of good ideas about learning and teaching. The most important insight is that students have to take responsibility for their own learning. Teachers can't make students learn. Unless the student wants to learn, he will never do more than the bare minimum.
Jesus also wants us to take responsibility for our own spiritual growth. Loving God means knowing him, growing in our relationship with him. We can read the Bible and pray with a sense of obligation, but unless we bring a hunger for God, we will never really become intimate with him.
If we miss out on intimacy with God, then we have missed out on the best part of life. So, I want to be a student, a disciple, of Jesus. I want life to the max.