We are a work in progress. Not our own progress, mind you. But the Lord's. Living life as a follower of Christ is fairly simple (not to be confused with easy). God gives the beautiful choice to surrender and obey, or to have our own way.
OBEY GOD -we have zero hope of any form of Godliness, until we humble ourselves, obey, and submit to Him.
BE HOLY - this ONLY follows obedience. Forget what you see, in the world, betrayed as "holy". Christians are set apart, and for God's service. Yes, work and sacrifice on our part (with full joy), but only possible because we, first, SURRENDERED!
"So they listened to the word of the Lord..." (2 Chronicles 11:4)
"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age" (Titus 2:11-12)