If everything is covered by God’s grace, than why should we strive for anything more? One author I read recently wrote about “settling for mediocrity.” Settling for second or third or even fourth best. Many of us have a tendency to do this. As a homeshooled kid, I often felt as though I was only completing assignments for my mom, which became rather.... un-motivating after a short while. She was my mom. I would pass regardless, right? Oh well, if I didn’t do my best on this writing assignment, or maybe mom wouldn’t notice if I skipped half of these social study questions? Let’s just do the bare minimum.
Sometimes, I feel the same way with God. Why bother striving for the best? We’re saved by grace regardless, right?
While the message of God’s grace, and the fact that we are saved only by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is loud and clear all through the New Testament, living a life of holiness is another message that the apostles make a high calling for. Not that we would somehow earn our salvation or our place with Christ, but that we would live as effective vessels on earth—That we would live our lives in a way that really declares the greatness of God.
Do not settle for mediocrity. Do not settle for pre-digested Truth in His Word. Dig in yourself. Make the time. Pray. The Lord knows our weaknesses. Afterall, we serve the High Priest who can sympathize with everything we experience on this earth. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. 1 Peter 1:13-15
How freeing to know that ultimately, our security lies in Christ’s perfection. And how challenging to hear this calling of holiness. Do not conform to our former fleshly desires. This starts with the renewing of our minds. It is important for me to teach my children to behave in certain ways: to be polite, to have patience, to be kind, to be self-less. How much more does our heavenly Father want us to walk in His ways as His dearly loved children?