I've been going through a heavy season of God working on me. My posts have reflected that and sometimes I think they've been a bit ponderous and heavy, and probably worked out more for my benefit than anything else, though I always hope for more than that. I doubt that everyone approves of this, as it seems to be too laden with self and sin. That can be true. But I believe it does reflect an important element in Scripture. And I believe we have to keep working on our Christian formation as we seek to be faithful to Christ as his Body in mission in this world.
I don't think this is a question of either/or. We need to work on our lives in Christ, as well as work on being the witness in the world we're called to be. I would challenge any who think that to be concerned about holiness and sin is to belittle grace and mission. Of course I certainly don't claim to be balanced myself. Nor do I claim that I'm where I should be at with reference to all of this. But I do think that we as humans go through seasons in which we have to deal with sin and Christian formation in a more direct, intense way than at other times. Gerald H. Wilson on the psalms points out the nature of Book 1 of the psalms (Psalm 1-41) and it's different than the other books. There is a season and time, and surely seasons and times for intense soul-searching before God and prayer, and even struggle.
Of course Christian formation, meaning Christ being formed in us, and we being formed in Christ, never ends in this life. We must carry on, and so that being the case, and my Bible reading as it does, I hope I never lose sight of the importance of Christian formation for myself and others. It is a vital part of the living dynamic of being in Christ in and before the world.