“If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth” (1 Peter 1:17)
Let us get one thing clear, the Father is not someone who is just letting you off the hook. If that were true, then why the death of Jesus? We are to abide in the life that is offered in and through Christ. We will either live it or else we won’t. So yes, we will be judged according to whether we were walking in Christ or not. But it is Christ who makes this possible. Through Him alone are we able do anything that pleases the Father.
Do address God as Father and live in His house. Then follow the rules of the house and respect the Father. Know that in Him is life and that life is your light. Listen to His Spirit and do what is asked. It is no different than any house except that this one is perfect. That is why Scripture says be perfect even as the Father is perfect. Do you not know that this completion is the goal of your salvation?
Lord Jesus, through You all things have already been accomplished, but I am still walking the path of faith. Guide me, dear Lord, so that I may humbly walk according to Your will. Dear Jesus, through Your shed blood I am forgiven and enabled to walk this path of light and life. Lead me, O Lord, so that I may now and always humbly listen and obey. Teach me to pray constantly and be in communion with You so as to fulfill Your perfect will. Amen.