Spring means many things to us. But one of the most notable things that comes with spring is spring cleaning, when we go through our houses and take care of all the messes that have built up over the months.
I heard about an interesting custom in Italy for New Year’s Eve. At midnight, the windows of every house open, and everyone pitches out whatever they absolutely hate—furniture, clothes, dishes, unwanted wedding presents—they all come crashing to the ground. Now, I would call that serious housecleaning!
I have to confess here that I’m not the tidiest person on the planet. Ironically, I like to be in tidy surroundings. But in contrast, my wife, Cathe, is Mrs. Clean. She just loves to clean and does it all the time.
In our spiritual lives, too, some of us allow messes to develop. Becoming neglectful, we allow anger, bitter attitudes, lustful fantasies, or unconfessed sin to remain in our hearts. Before we know it, we find ourselves reaping the inevitable results of sin. Before long, we’re crying out, "Oh God, get me out of this mess!"
And then there are others who live their spiritual lives the same way that my wife cleans house. They’re careful to cultivate and maintain their relationship with the Lord, constantly asking God to search their hearts, and confessing their sins before God (as David did in Psalm 139:23-24).
You and I need to be cleansed from sin on a daily basis. How much better it is to ask for that on a regular basis than to allow a major problem to develop in our lives. We need a professional. Essentially, we need God himself to come and clean house.
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