Recently, I have been obsessed with learning about organizing and cleaning. One of the main points of getting rid of clutter is
– TAKE EVERYTHING out. Then put things in one by one after you clean the area. EVERYTHING out, that’s the key idea there.
It makes cleaning and reorganizing a heck of a lot easier.
That’s pretty similar to how being a Christian works too.
Often times, when we first become a Christian, we want to surrender EVERYTHING inside us to God. But as God starts to take things out, we freak out. We WANT to get rid of all this clutter and junk but we aren’t willing to let go yet.
The problem with not taking out everything is that often times we miss junk that is in there. And we can’t clean that area so dirt builds up.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Cor 5:17
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:22-24
God has bigger plans for my life that I do. It’s silly to struggle and try to hold onto things when God is trying clear me out to make room for something so much bigger and better. God is so much bigger than I give Him credit for usually, in ways that I don’t even know.
Sometimes I see myself sitting in my heart, holding onto a broken vase and trying to clean it. I show it to God and say, “Look Father, look how clean I made this” and He looks at me quite sadly and takes it from me. Then He hands me something so beautiful that it hurts to look at and something so powerful that I am so ashamed of my broken vase – but I want it anyway.
And I refuse to let go of parts of myself that aren’t horrible – but are really useless. And God can give me traits and memories that are so terribly useful and splendid. If only I let him.
It’s so strange… the biblical truths that sneak their way into our day-to-day actions or activities that do not seem Godly. But God’s everywhere. We just need to open our eyes.
Do you find God in the day-to-day life? Or does your heart need a total make over?