I’ve been cleaning stuff out lately. Purging things out of my life that are just taking up unnecessary space. If we have too much clutter in our life it actually takes away from our life instead of adding to it. And it’s not the big items- Like I have 14 couches or 8 beds.No. It’s the little things. The more I get rid of, the more free I become. Papers, clothes I don’t wear anymore, extra toys, games, etc.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Laying aside the weights that easily entangle me….
How many of us can say I’ve got the real big sins like, “I just can’t stop robbing banks or I keep stealing cars, or..well, you get the picture. God showed me that we all have ‘some’ clutter in our hearts. And that we need to go through and start asking Gods help to ‘purge’ some things.
If we want to do great things for God, if we are desiring to hear His voice, if we want Him to use us, then we’ve got to get real honest. What is the heart clutter that is holding you back from being all that God has called you to be?
Have you ever watched a show from TLC’s Clean Sweep or a special on hoarders? These are people who keep everything. It just started with a little clutter. Really, at first, no one even saw a problem. These people just continued to function (or somewhat function). But then, they collected more and more clutter without doing an evaluation on what they were taking in. And pretty soon they couldn’t function anymore.
Today I’m asking that God does an evaluation of the clutter in your heart. It’s time to take inventory.
Let me just tell you how good it feels to go through my house room by room and get rid of things that I really don’t need. It feels like my burden is lifted, my load is lighter. I only want to try and keep things around that contribute to the life that I want to live.
Does that mean everything is perfect now? No. I’ll be cleaning out the clutter for as long as I live! Why? Because my life is always changing. And so it goes with our hearts. There might be some clutter that Gods dealing with that we just need to get rid of. But it does not stop there. We need to daily ask God to take inventory.
12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt
and innocent of great sin.
14 May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Let this be the beginning of your Spring Cleaning! :}