Psalm, 51:10—Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Every Spring it seems like we get that cleaning urge again. We go from room to room, scrubbing away any of the grime that has found its way into our homes. Most of us are not satisfied until we have made a through evaluation of each room and even the closets.
We need even more to do the same with our spiritual lives. We all grow stale sometimes and need a spiritual freshening up.
Evaluate: What must be done in order to clean up our spiritual homes? We must evaluate everything we do or say and even think—is it pleasing to the Lord? Colossians 3:17 – And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Throw out the Junk: Are there things in our lives that are cluttering our service to the Lord? Perhaps things like worry, anger, gossip keep us from our mind busy from focusing on our Lord? Philippians 4:8—Finally, brothers, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Gather the cleaning tools: To clean our homes we may use many things, sponges, brushes, cleansers, brooms, mops, etc…To clean our spiritual house, however, God has provided us with an all-purpose cleaning agent—that’s right—the Holy Bible. Hebrews 4:12 — For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Get to work: Just having all the cleaning tools and cleansing agents in our pantry does not make the house clean. We must put them into action and apply them to the areas that need a cleansing. The same is true of our Spiritual lives, we must put His Words into action. First by acknowledging the need for cleansing from the sin that has crept into our hearts. 1 John 1:9—If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Psalm 119:11 – Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.
Determine to keep it clean: After all the cleaning and purging is done, we like what we see and we promise to ourselves not to EVER let things pile up like that again. We must also pledge this about our daily lives with Jesus, but we know we cannot do it by ourselves. Galatians 5:16– This I say then, walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.