“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
I cleaned today—not because I expect company or because I had nothing better to do but because the weekend is nearly here, which means more people will be home for extended hours. To me, a clean house is a comfortable home.
As I was cleaning, I realized it’s not the act of cleaning that thrills me. I only enjoy the process of cleaning because I anticipate the end result: a pleasant house in which I can relax because the dust bunnies aren’t peering at me from under furniture. I’m refreshed in a house full of clean smells.
It’s the same with spiritual growth. I’m not thrilled with the process. It’s messy, inconvenient, and sometimes painful. However, the result is a maturing relationship with Jesus. I won’t enjoy the comfort of a close relationship without letting him cleanse my life. He gets rid of the accumulating dust bunnies. He sanitizes the toxic surfaces. He washes away the filth to refresh me.
Look around your house or office. What needs to be done to clean it?
Cleaning will take time and effort.
Look at your heart. What needs to be done to clean it?
Cleaning will take time and effort, but Jesus will take care of it—if you let him.
Action Step: Choose one cleaning project to complete in the next 3 minutes. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with what needs to get done, but it only takes one small step at a time. Set yourself up for a sense of accomplishment.
Susan Lawrence is a women’s ministry consultant, who regularly speaks at conferences and trainings.