The Word of God shows us the perfection of God and the best way to live as well as how far short we fall of that perfection. That same Word also reveals the cure for our sin and becomes the way that we grow more like Jesus.
Jesus calls us to follow Him. Part of what that means is being led more by His Spirit and less by our flesh. What does it mean for us to wade deeper into the life of the Spirit? Where the river of God is, life emerges, and where the river is not, there never can be any life. What stops us from going deeper?
Armed with a living hope, we are called to enter into new life. The futility of our former life has been replaced by new desires and new appetites. Holiness, however, is not a foregone conclusion in this life. We are called to enter into the process with grace-driven effort, striving toward the hope that we've been given by grace through faith in Jesus.