When I was a little girl, my mom would tell me to clean my room. I would rush in my room and shove toys here and clothes there with no rhyme or reason to putting things where they actually belonged. My mom would walk in and look at me with an exhausted look and say, “Katie- these things do not go there, this room is not clean, let’s try again.” She would faithfully help me organize and put things in the correct place. Afterwards, I would always admit that this clean was much more clean than the clean that I had originally tried to present to her.
Yesterday in our morning worship service, as we listened to Josh and Jennifer tell their story, Pastor made the point that the tumor so obviously did not belong in Jennifer’s back. My mind immediately went back to me cleaning my room and my mom so clearly recognizing that I had put things back where they did not go in an effort to rush the clean up process.
Ephesians 4:22-24 says, “So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to—the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. 23 Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, 24 and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy.”
It can be so tempting to rush through the process of sanctification! That’s an old school word, but it still has modern day power! We must go through the process of allowing the Lord to cleanse us of sin, so that we can be made completely new and clean! When we rush to clean ourselves up, we tend to hide the mess instead of getting rid of it all together. God is reminding us that that stuff does not even go in our hearts or minds- it’s not meant to be hid, it’s meant to be destroyed! We can come to God with our mess and He will cleanse us and make us new! It’s all apart of the story that He is writing for us. But our story is more powerful when the mess becomes a part of God’s message, not underlying messiness that we try to hide!
Today- let’s be motivated to take a look at ourselves and at the things that do not go in our minds, hearts, or spirits! Let’s be willing to allow the Lord to cut those things out & then let’s be committed to keeping those things out so that we can live a life that is holy and acceptable to God- for that is a lifestyle of TRUE worship (Romans 12)!
The soul cleaning process can be tricky! But we are all in this together, and most importantly God is on our side. He is the ultimate cleaning agent! Allow Him today to show you the things that “don’t go there” and allow the spaces in your heart and mind to be refilled with His ways, will, and Word!
Have a great week!