April 28, 2017
Time for Spring Cleaning!
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10
When I was a little girl my siblings and I had to do chores on Saturdays. We couldn’t do anything fun until our chores were done and our work passed our mother’s inspection. We cleaned on a routine basis, so when my mother said, “we’re having company”, we didn’t have to clean up, we just had to straighten up.
What’s the difference between cleaning up and straighten up? Well, when we cleaned up we had to move furniture, wipe down walls, do the windows and baseboard, vacuum the carpets and sweep the hardwoods, do the stairs and dust everything. When we were done, the house smelled like Pine-sol, Spic and Span and bleach.
Straightening up was simply putting surface things back in order. No need for cleaning materials. All we were doing were putting away toys, putting books and magazines back in their proper places and making sure there was nothing on the floors.
When was the last time you allowed God to clean your spiritual house? Many people want to look like they are disciples of Christ, but they are not willing to put in the time or effort to allow the Master Cleaner to go through their hearts and minds with His cleaning materials and clean their spiritual homes.
Many Christians don’t mind looking like they’re clean on the surface, but they are not willing to allow God to give them a clean heart and a life of holiness. They are comfortable with just looking clean while the dirt is still lingering under the surface of their lives.
God uses His word, fasting, prayer and meditation as His cleaning tools. In its current state, would your heart pass God’s inspection? Are you ready to be cleaned or, do you only want to be straightened up?
Romans 12:1 – 2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Living Above Mediocrity
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