What are some goals of your life? Once you have something in mind, think of the things you had to eliminate from your life in order to pursue your goal. A wholehearted pursuit always means other things must be eliminated. If physical health is the goal, then junk food must go. If reading more books is the goal, then meaningless Web-surfing must stop.
Is holiness your goal? Then sin must be eliminated. Pursuing holiness and killing sin are the same thing. If you're not doing one, you're not doing the other.
Holiness is the call for all Christians. Peter reminds us that we are to be holy as God is holy (1 Peter 1:16). And if you’re a spiritual leader, then holiness is an absolute imperative. That’s why Robert Murray M’Cheyne said, “The greatest need of my people is my personal holiness.” Holiness precedes usefulness.
Remember, you’re going to pursue it imperfectly. You’re going to sin, and you've got to learn to deal with your sin by keeping short sin accounts. But you’ve still got to attack sin aggressively, not passively. You’ve got to crush sin, not toy with it.
As John Owen said, “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.”
As you fight sin, you’ll notice something interesting: the closer you get to Jesus, the more sin you’ll find. The closer you walk toward a shining light, the more it illumines everything around you.
Don’t be discouraged. If you feel the weight of sin, that’s a sign of grace in your life. Instead, be concerned if you stop feeling conviction.
Be grateful you’re seeing sin, and use your conviction to keep fighting. And don’t stop fighting until you can say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”