My mother used to tell me that I cleaned “just for the eye”, meaning I keep things picked up and keep the house clean, but not like being as neat as a pin. Every week mom used to dust: even the picture- frames as well as the top of all her cub boards in her house. Of course, she was born and raised in the Netherlands where people even sweep their streets clean.
My deep cleaning starts about a week before company comes. Once I am in that mood…watch out, for here I come! Everything gets turned inside out and upside down. I clean till my hands get raw. The strange thing is, during those cleaning spurts I notice every spot and speck of dirt. The toaster even gets a shine, the showers sparkle with a spray coat of wax so the dirt does not stick so quickly, the baseboards get a new look, every light switch gets a work -over and the dog gets an extra bath.
Sometimes the Lord visits me in a different way than the usual times I have with Him. He begins to point His finger on the “ stains” and “spots” in my life. He causes me to pay extra attention to my thoughts, words, and my devotion to Him. He brings things to light that normally I take for granted, but they can hurt His children. The thing that really disturbs me is when He reveals my lack of sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. I really want to come clean in every area of my life.
When I allow the Lord to go through the nooks and crannies of my spiritual house I must confront the “ sin that so easily entangles” (Hebrews 12:1) and not “let any grass grow over it,” but deal with the sin head on and be freed from it’s trap.
Are their any hidden things in your life that need to be cleansed? The little untruths, the dark thoughts, the depression, the feelings of rejection, the secret addictions, the name calling, the feelings of anxiety and condemnation?
It is time for a deep cleaning, so you can be free and glow with His light. He is the Revealer of truth and wants to set you free from even the smallest cobweb of sin. Remember “…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23)
My house is now of greater use to my guests and myself, likewise you will be of greater use in the Kingdom when you have “clean hands and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:4) for then you shall see God. Mathew 5:8 says:” Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Who does not want to see God? I know I do, so I’d better keep my heart pure. How about you?
Even the smallest wrongdoing in your life can be an irritant, somewhat like a hangnail that has become a nuisance. Let God clip the sharp edges of your life and you will become clean and trim for His Kingdom.