“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him…”
This summer is all about clutter. My life is full of it. There’s nothing like a total shake-up to make dealing with clutter a necessity. With the news that my husband would be working from home in a few months, I realized something had to be done.
I spend hours each week preparing to lead a weekly Bible study. I write. I do family history. Over the past few years there has been a lot more of those things than housework. With two grown children, out of the house, but not totally settled, a lot of stuff is hidden in closets that no one has seen in years. In order to create a home office, a lot of paraphernalia would be coming in. There simply wasn’t room.
Cleaning out clutter has a snowball effect. What you remove from one area must be either thrown away or recycled for someone’s benefit. A few years of neglect, and every available space is full, but not everything there is good or useful.
My spiritual life is the same. Without regular housecleaning and attention to detail, stuff piles up, creating a mess that must be dealt with if I am to grow spiritually and serve God effectively. Sins pile up like the cobwebs and dead bugs in the back of my closets. Lack of daily self-examination and confession lead to messes I prefer to hide from God, just as I prefer visitors not look into my closets.
An orderly life makes time for Bible-reading and prayer, accompanied by close scrutiny to see if I am living in line with God’s word. Continual neglect of the confession of sin, and failure to replace it with right behaviors, leads to a messy spiritual life.
Hauling bags of trash out of my closets and donating items which can be used by others is just like keeping on track with God. I must rid my heart of the garbage of old habits and sins. I must replace it with new insights about walking with Jesus which deepen my spiritual life and enable me to offer godly wisdom to others.
Lord, create in me a heart that is free of the clutter of sin and neglect, but full of your wisdom and purpose. Enable me to keep my life and my house free of unsightly clutter and full of things which glorify you.
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