One of the projects I set for myself this week was to clean out my closet and dresser and get rid of everything I don’t wear anymore.
Then I came across a blog that linked to a weekly challenge at A bowl full of lemons. This week’s challenge is to purge the unnecessary clutter from our lives. How lovely that I’ve already started this challenge and didn’t even know it!
Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time hanging up the clean laundry, taking out what is no longer needed, putting away the winter clothes, and reorganizing the rest. Then, because I was tired, I decided to take a break and get back to my work later. It’s now 24+ hours later and still the rest of the work remains to be done. None of the dresser drawers have been cleaned or sorted, nor has the clutter been boxed up to be given away.
As I sat down to write this post, I realized how much we need to purge our spiritual life as well as our physical life.
Purge is defined as to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify. A quick google search of the King James Version reveals the word purge is used 16 times, cleanse 34 times, and purify 13 times. That tells me this action should be a very important part of our life.
The Lord purged the Promised Land of their enemies when they remain faithful. Priests had to cleanse themselves, purify themselves before they could enter into the Holy Place. Jesus Christ gave His life for us, allowed His blood to purify us – purge us – of our sins. Why then do we insist on keeping all this junk in our life? Why do we hold on to the spiritual clutter that we know separates us from God?
He wants to heal us of our pains. He wants to have a deep and loving relationship with us but time and time again we deny ourselves of the joy that only He can provide by keeping the clutter close to us. I don’t know about you, but I’m horrible about moving clutter from one spot in my house to another, and I’m realizing I do this with my spiritual clutter too. I sacrifice one thing that is cluttering up my relationship only to pick up something else that quickly becomes clutter. As soon as I rid myself of the second clutter, I pick up a third. When does it stop? What has to happen before we say enough is enough?
I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously. 1 Chronicles 29:17 (NLT)