Holiness Starts With . . . Cleaning My House??

I love a clean, orderly home. I think most people do, even if they say messiness doesn’t bother them. There is something about walking into a room that is free of clutter and sparkling clean that is pleasing to the senses, soothing to the mind, and calming to the emotions. But that beautiful state doesn’t come without some hard work.

I mentioned a few weeks ago how I’ve been mulling over how to “perfect holiness” in my own life . . . you can check out that post here. But in that process, God took me through a deep cleansing process . . . literally. God dealt with me about my home needing a drastic deep cleaning. He convicted me that procrastination in that area is (gulp) sin. Ouch.

I am still in the process. I’m just a little over half-way finished, but I’ve been seeing a lot of spiritual principles as I work:

*        The longer you wait to clean a room, the harder it is.

*        The longer you live in a mess, the more accustomed you grow to the mess. You can even give up and decide to adopt the “messy lifestyle” as your new norm.

*        A messy home robs you from real enjoyment and rest because you’re continually faced with all the needs to be done, but you’re putting off.

*        When things are put away right away, mess doesn’t accumulate.

All of these are simple and basic, but how many of us let our homes occasionally get out of control? Maybe you’ve had a prolonged illness, a job transition that’s disrupted your life, a new baby, multiple babies . . . we all go through periods when it is more difficult to keep things in order. But consider the spiritual parallels here:

*        The longer you wait to deal with sin, the harder it is.

*        The longer you live in sin, the more accustomed you grow to it. You reach the point that you’re not even convicted of the sin and decided this is just “how you are.”

*        A sinful lifestyle robs you from real enjoyment and rest because your fellowship with God is broken.

*        When sin is dealt with right away, it prevents a stronghold of sin from being built in your life. 

I LOVE how much better my home feels (and looks!) now that I’ve made some major headway on some long overdue cleaning projects. Even my closets and drawers give me a smile. In the same way, personal holiness, being set free from the sin that clings so close and keeps me in bondage, brings the greatest sense of peace and joy.

Why do I ever procrastinate with sin?

Nothing is better than a fresh and clean, totally open, love relationship with my Savior! Nothing.


  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Kara!!

    Good to hear from you 🙂 I hope all is well with the ladies there in PA. I am praying for you all as I know some of you will be attending the last segment of the Revive Tour this week. So wish I could be with you all there, I ALMOST came!

    The reason I believe a clean and orderly home glorifies God is because it is a reflection of His character. His character is not one of chaos and destruction, but He is a God of order, clean and pure, no corruption or confusion exists within Him . . . and our lives are to be a reflection of Him(as “image bearers” remember?).

    That doesn’t mean He expects us to strive for a “Martha Stuart” type home, or become obsessed trying to achieve perfection. With a houseful of little ones, spending time reading a book together can often be the better choice than mopping the floor. But I do think it is glorifying to God to apply ourselves to keeping our homes in order and clean. I think adding touches of beauty also reflect His creative nature.

    A helpful read on this is Edith Schaffer’s book, “The Hidden Art of Homemaking” the book is a bit dated, but she has some inspirational insights and tips.

    Hope all is well with you and your family!

    Blessings, dear friend ~

  • Debbie S

    I have always struggled with keeping a clean house. The result was that I became isolated because I was embarrassed to have others see the way I live. Another stumbling block was that I was never ready to show hospitality as we are commanded in Scripture. Because of my pride it took all my energy to plow through the clutter to get to the clean.

    Finally the Lord showed me that hospitality doesn’t demand perfection as much as a willingness to share with others what He has provided for me. There are so many issues all tangled up in here: good stewardship, battling pride, reflecting beauty and orderliness of God’s character. It’s so important to get to the point where you make your guest feel at home. There shouldn’t be constant apologizing or on the other hand so many rules about tidiness that the guest is afraid of spilling or sitting in the wrong chair. In other words, showing hospitality must be about service, welcome, and a peace enjoyment of time spent together.

    It’s interesting that the Lord has used my current condition (final months of life) to help me be more on top of things at home with the desire that we can have an open home for people to come by and visit and or help out with various tasks around the house.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Debbie ~

    So good to hear from you! I’ve missed you on the blog 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. I LOVE your description here: “showing hospitality must be about service, welcome, and enjoyment of time spent together.”

    I’m sure your open home is a blessing to all who enter! I’d love to drop by for a visit sometime!

    Blessings, friend ~