I am not sure I should be spring cleaning my house yet. It doesn’t feel like spring yet! I guess, officially, it is not, until next week anyway! But I decided to start! What a daunting task ahead! I have lots of cupboards, wardrobes, toy boxes to clean and organize, lots of furniture to move around in order to get to those little corners and get it cleaned! I am having to do 2 rooms a day so I can carry on with the rest of the family routine.
So far I have 3 big bags of recycling paper, empty bottles, pots, and one big toy bag to take to the tip and I only did one room and two bathrooms today! If you are like me, I find it really hard to throw things away. I hold on to everything and have been advised many times that when it comes to spring cleaning I need to be ruthless. This is a new thing for me! I have decided to have a little break before I attack my son’s wardrobe!
As I was finding all this unwanted junk and cleaning, scrubbing and vacuuming, I thought about my life and heart! I guess it is time to spring clean my heart as well. Not that I have any power to make it better, because only Jesus and through Him my heart can be clean and new, but I guess, there are things I store there that shouldn’t be in there.
We quite often are very meticulous about our house and cleanliness. Whenever a friend comes around we are frantically cleaning, making sure it is presentable and that people would not think bad of us. Well, at least we do that downstairs!
Why is it that we don’t do that with our hearts? There are lots of clutter in our hearts, unwanted things that are taking too much space. These things could be thoughts we have been having, or the desire to have more material things, or the way we use our tongues to say things we shouldn’t say. It could also be the way we use our eyes, what we watch on TV, or the way we treat other people. How about the lack of patience with our children, or our selfishness screaming louder for “ME” time or recognition for all that we do. To be completely honest it could be all of the above or any combination. We often keep these things stored in our hearts in a little corner, in the dark, collecting dust, being a good ground for all the spiders to crawl in and it is looking ugly.
Surely that is not the way we want to present our lives to the King of kings. It is time to stop and look inwards. Look in all the little corners, cupboards unopened doors of our hearts and let the light in and get the cleaning started and finished so the house is ready for the King.
It is all very well, you might say. But how? How do we do that? We must ask Jesus to help us. It is such a daunting task to get rid of all the things that take space in our hearts and lives that should not be there. Jesus will help us through it. First thing we need to do is recognize that we need to clean our hearts and want to, then, we need to tell Jesus we are sorry for the mess we have made and we would like to present to Him a heart that is in better shape. We can only do that by giving it all to Him, in a big black sack so it can be disposed of.
I remembered a passage that I heard many times and even memorized when I was growing up and it gives us some important things we should keep in our hearts and they will help make it a more presentable home for our Lord and King,
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:4-8
Happy cleaning everyone!