What kind Christians are we? A previous piece on this site covered some basic meanings for that word: Whether we are born in a "Christian" culture, grow up in a "Christian" home, "convert" through some ritual (Holy Baptism, "praying the prayer," etc.), or whether we are actually living "by the faith of the Son of God."
A preacher I once knew would butter up the congregation with words about how they were, every one, "filled with the Spirit" and use other such words to paint them a picture that they were all just as complete, consecrated, and holy as God intended. Then he would go on to say how badly he wanted to see revival. If everybody's already so holy, then what was lacking? One 19th Century evangelist wrote that the first thing needed for revival was for the people to be anxious about their own souls. This fits perfectly with Paul's words, that we should, "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling." Notice, now, that he did not say, "work for," but "work out." A maths prof would give us sheets of problems with the answers already printed on the sheets. It was one thing to have the answers given to us, but to go through the process of working out the steps in between made the difference between seeing the answer and having the answer: God wants us to not just be aware of it, but to possess salvation. That preacher had not worked it out that the Gospel is not just "God is for us," but also about "God in us!" Jesus didn't give his life for us to say, "gee, thanks" and continue to lie back in our sins, but to be raised up in newness of life and apprehend, by the power of the Spirit, the fullness of the life of Christ in our own existence here on earth. "Christ in you, the hope of glory" was Paul's bragging point for the Philippians: Not just "Christ for you."
So, can we get something if we keep our hands in our pockets? Can we embrace the crucified life with our arms folded? There were seven churches that Jesus to whom Jesus dictated letters. Some were healthy, some he gave stern warnings, but the one which was the most sternly warned (Some might even say He was on the point of giving them up!) was the one who was the most assured. Can we learn something from this?
"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Be zealous therefore, and repent"