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.