I had a friend stop by yesterday. She admired my clean house. I admire it to. I have to admit, one for sure way to keep your house clean is to put it up for sale! A bit extreme-but it sure motives like nothing else!
She also compared a clean house to sin. Yes, sin. You know, that stuff that gets in between you and God. It separates us from Him and all the blessings He has for us. The way I like to visualize sin is turning our back on God. Even walking away from Him if it’s continual.
So where does the clean house come in? you ask. Let’s say we start with a clean house (a life virtually free from sin). You’re on top of things as they come in the door. If they don’t belong there-out they go (just ask A where her crafts end up if she leaves them hanging about for too long). If, after a while, we get lazy and start allowing “stuff” (a.k.a. sin-work with me here) to stay around the house because we are too busy, too tired, too whatever to put it where it belongs it piles up. So much so that we begin to get complacent, overwhelmed. We shove it somewhere in hopes it won’t be seen, hire a house cleaner so we don’t have to deal with it-or put it on the market! Think about the sock drawer or the piles that need to be filed, or under the kids’ beds! Okay, don’t think about that for too long-you might get depressed!
How often does unconfessed sin in our lives leave us feeling bedraggled and useless? I have to say, having a clean house all the time gives me so much more time for other things: Blogging!, reading, writing notes to friends, having people over. Staying on top of our sin produces the same types of things: a renewed purpose in life, joy, wisdom, perspective from the Lord!, true rest and peace-regardless of the circumstances.
What are we waiting for?! We don’t need a priest in whom confess our sins-that’s what Jesus is for! Love that! God is so accessible!! Here’s a great verse of encouragement for you today-and here’s to a clean house and heart for both of us!
1 John 1: 8 & 9: If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.