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Spring Cleaning

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Spring Cleaning

Many people call it “spring cleaning,” a few days separated from the rest of the year to go through their house and thoroughly clean behind every piece of furniture, every appliance, just about anything that can be moved is moved, inspected, and then most generally put back where it was. When used as an analogy for our Spiritual life, step one of this procedure is a good thing, step two, not so much.

We all must step back occasionally take an in depth look at ourselves in this area, the only area in fact that truly matters, and in deep concentration and contemplation, see if we have grown since “last spring,” or are there cobwebs that need to be cleaned out? If you pull that piece of furniture out and do not clean it and inspect it, what is the purpose, if those cobwebs and the dust are not cleaned, you have done nothing more than go through the motions.

Here is the life of many who call themselves by the name of Jesus Christ. “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” (Matt. 15:8) There is a great buildup of traditions, of the routine of serving the Lord in them. Everyone who is born-again should see some form of growth in their walk with Him, there should be some addition to who they were last spring, and not just in the emotional context or in the intellect, the collection of the knowledge of the precepts of God, but in the actions that they have taken to profess the faith in Him that they claim to have.

You should be able to look back over the past few months of your life and say, “Here is how I am different, and here are the actions that prove it.”

It is quite easy to give the testimony of who we were before the Holy Spirit came into our life, of that person that gave no thought to the things of Christ, it is quite another to give an account for the reason of your faith, (1 Peter 3:15) and offer the actual actions that show the proof of it. How many of you can say more than, “I go to church, I read my Bible and I pray?” If this is all you have to offer those who ask you of your faith, it is definitely time for some spring cleaning. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27) That word “religion” has taken on an evil connotation, for it speaks of a repetitive action, the Sunday morning routine, the life of ease and convenience that by our actions of a repetitive state, at least in our minds, shows us we are pleasing in the eyes of the Lord. And what does our heavenly Father say of those who have fallen into that trap?

“I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.” (Amos 5:21) “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matt. 6:7)

Spring cleaning in our Spiritual life, that life that is to be obedient to the will and Word of God, that is to apply His Word in our lives, is a great necessity, and needs more than the “once a year” cleaning that many give their homes. It is a constant chore, and it should be looked upon with grave concern.

Have you fallen into a repetitive routine, have you set aside certain times of your life for the Lord that have become no more than a tradition, is that piece of furniture becoming dust covered, are there cobwebs where a clean, obedient heart should be? Unless you pull it away from the wall, you will never know, unless you sit down and take an honest and close look at yourself, you will never know if you are truly pleasing in His eyes, you will do no more than look at the outside, and never truly see what it is that has accumulated in your life that should not be there. Your desire to be obedient to the will of God in your life is directly related to how much time you spend looking at yourself, and comparing it to what the Word of God says we are to be.

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