There’s nothing better than to live in such a way that no one can ever find any secret sin to hold against you. I have an open-door policy with my wife where she can look at anything I have at any time: my cellphone, my internet surfing on the computer, and my reading material. She doesn’t have to worry about my keeping secrets from her because she has full access to everything.

I’m not about to tell you I’m perfect, because I’m a long way from it. But I will tell you I couldn’t be happy if I was tolerating any sin in my life. And neither can you.

But there’s a lot more to being holy than just staying away from certain things. Holiness also means seeking after the best things. Only following after the things of God brings full happiness and satisfaction. Why settle for half-happiness and half-holiness when you can have it abundantly? I don’t know about you, but I want everything God can give me—I want to be happy. Guess what? The more I serve Him instead of my flesh the happier I’m going to be, because I know my life is pleasing Him.

If you have hidden sins in your life, you’re never going to be happy. Maybe you go to church each week and are involved with different ministries, but you have a secret addiction you’ve been feeding. There is an accursed thing in your life. Do you want to be really happy? Then get rid of the source of your sin today.

The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. — A.W. Tozer

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder