How do we achieve the kind of Holiness and perfection God wants? (1 Peter 1:13-15) We need to see that God’s grace and our obedience belong together. They are ingredients in the same recipe. They are elements of the same process. They work in combination. When our obedience is a byproduct, a result of God’s grace then we are properly and biblically motivated. We can neither earn our salvation through our works, nor can we go on sinning to abuse God’s grace, thinking we cannot fall from such a lofty perch. Basically we need to do two things and they are not mutually exclusive, you absolutely need both.
First, bask in the warmth of God’s grace. So much of religious rhetoric is designed to elicit guilty feelings over personal and spiritual imperfections in our lives. But the truth is, in spite of our failure to measure up, God still loves us and pours out his gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:1-10).
Second, respond to his gift with a gift of your own, the freewill offering of your entire being to God (Romans 12:1-2). Let yourself be used for his purposes. God showed his love by doing something for you; show your love by returning your service to him (Titus 2:11-14). Holiness is only achieved through God’s perfection, but the process of living more holy lives is a result of appreciating the unique offer of God’s grace.