Hebrews 12:14 -- "Pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord."
1 John 3:3 -- "And every man that hath this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure."
The intense pursuit of holiness is to be the predominant priority of every Christian. Actually the pursuit of holiness is a spiritual mindset. The Greek word for "pursuit" means an intense or passionate effort. If someone is Spirit filled, there will be a burning thirst to experience Christ's holiness in every comer of his being. Serious daily Bible reading and prayer are the primary means by which we pursue such purity and growth. Friend, if you are not focused on continually deepening your prayer life and Bible study, then you are not pursuing holiness. Seeking God's holiness is a daily action, not a theological theory.
Questions for Reflection: Is your mind filled with thoughts of how to experience greater holiness? Do you often say, "I wish I was more like Jesus" and then do little to pursue spiritual cleansing? Do you consistently make time to allow God to search every area of your life? God's Word is absolutely central to this process. Do you regularly read comprehensive lists of Scriptures designed to thoroughly examine your heart? If not, then you are not seriously pursuing holiness. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said we are to, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness." Is holiness your top pursuit? If not, ask God to grant you a heart that hungers for a holiness that is genuine. That's one prayer God will answer every time!
As we confess and forsake the sins of our thought life, let us ever place our sole trust in the "author and finisher of our faith." (Hebrews 12:2)