CLEANING THE HOUSE
This last week I went through my computer and noticed that I needed to do a little “house (computer) cleaning.” As an example, I had over 3000 deleted emails on my computer, saving them thinking that I needed them for something. But I didn’t. Some dated back to 2020.
Every week LaRheasa and I clean our house, and I continue to be amazed how messy two people (mainly me) and two dogs can keep a house. LaRheasa does her best, but she is fighting a losing battle (and yes, I do try to help – not make the mess, but clean up the mess!)
I think about the things that clutter my mind – how I often go over events in the past, and consider how I could have made better decisions. I realize that decisions made years ago still affect me and the church. Some good, some bad. I strive to listen and practice what Paul stated (by inspiration) in Philippians 3:13, “My brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind and reaching forward to the things which are ahead I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” In Jesus we cannot dwell on the past mistakes and sin, but we look to Jesus for the forgiveness of sins; we learn from them, and strive to be better and do better every day. We cannot change the past, as much as we may want to; however, Christians must constantly “clean house,” forgetting the things that are behind and reaching forth to be better Christians. God knows we can be better; He is molding us in his image daily, and we need to accept his chastening and love so that we can serve Him with a pure heart and mind. Throw out the sin, the trash in our minds, and “clean house.”
How many of us strive to be better Christians?
How many of us actually see the needs of the people around us, and do what we can to help them in their needs?
How many of us have the eyes of Jesus, the ears of Jesus, and strive to point people to Jesus so that he can help them? AND FORGIVE THEM?
How many of us are satisfied with where we are, and do not “push ourselves” to become better and make a difference in someone else?
For us to “find room” to do this, we need to declutter our lives from the sin that so easily besets us (Hebrews 12:1-11). We need to follow Jesus as closely as we can, always confessing sin, repenting of the same, so that our “house” (2 Corinthians 5:1-5) may be cleansed and “meet for the Master’s use.” Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:20-22, “Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. (ESV)
Can the world tell a difference between it and me?
Am I thinking like Jesus? Is my thinking reflecting the way Jesus would think, and what he would do?
Is there dirt, sin, and grit in my heart that keeps me from forgiving my brothers and sisters in Christ? Do I bear grudges, and expect those who offended me to “pay” for what they have done to me? Does our Lord expect the same from me? Can I ever pay the Lord “back for what he has done for me?
What keeps me from wholehearted devotion to my Lord? Have I availed myself of His cleansing blood?
Do I take this love for granted?
Does my worship on Sunday reflect my love for the Lord, or do I just go through the motions?
Perhaps we all need a deep cleaning! God’s word promises cleansing when we follow it and obey his will!