In Sunday’s sermon, “Living Out a New Identity,” we considered Peter’s words when he wrote in 1 Peter 1:15, “as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.”
In his devotional book, For the Love of God, Volume 2, D.A. Carson makes this insightful observation about Christians and holiness:
People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.