It’s that time of year again, SPRING CLEANING! Every year I go into spring cleaning with extremely high ambitions of demolishing the clutter in my house, organizing everything into its proper place, and throwing away or giving away all un-needed items.
I always set out to implement a 3-step process:
1) Take EVERYTHING out
2) Go through everything, throwing things away or putting them in the goodwill box
3) Put things back into place in an organized manner
I always had good intentions but mostly my efforts only resulted in chaos, personal frustration and the end result of me giving up. My house ended up looking worse than it did when I started and I would just throw everything into a closet or a spare room to get it out of the way.
NOT THIS YEAR! I am determined to complete my mission of spring cleaning my home. I have done away with my old process and adopted a new one–ONE ROOM AT A TIME WITH HELP! Instead of trying to do everything for every part of the house all at once, I’m going to go room by room purging and organizing. I am also going to enlist the help of friends. As I was putting the finishing touches on my spring cleaning plan, God revealed to me how this strategy also applies in my spiritual walk.
When I became saved, I tried to implement the three step process to “cleanliness” or sainthood:
1) I took everything out and exposed everything in my life that did not line up with Christ
2) I tried to get rid of everything that was not like Christ – ALL AT ONCE
3) I put myself back together in a way that was pleasing to God
My efforts to do this only left me with a feeling of hopelessness, frustration, and not much cleaner or “saintly” than when I started out on my mission. As He saw me grasping at straws not getting results, God pulled my coattail and gave me a new strategy…ONE ROOM AT A TIME WITH HELP!
Paul told the church at Philippi to “…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling…” (Philippians 2:12b NIV) This statement would not have been considered necessary if as a Christian you were expected to get everything together all at once. God taught me how to see and set goals for growth in the various areas (rooms) of my life. God calmed me when I was discouraged that my “rooms” were not getting clean fast enough, and He reminded me that the race is not given to the swift nor to the strong but to the one that endures to the end. God instructed me to keep going, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)
Lastly, this strategy imperatively depends on the WITH HELP piece. I had to learn that I needed God’s help in everything I do; I could not clean myself up alone. God has specifically told us that, “… I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me and I in them will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing…” (John 15:5 NIV) I thank God for giving me this strategy and I have seen so much growth in my walk with Christ since WE started to wholeheartedly implement it. Now it’s time to apply this strategy to the cleaning of my house; let me get to work, this might take a while!! *Rolls sleeves up* ONE ROOM AT A TIME WITH HELP!!!!
Thank You for being my “…help in the time of trouble…” (Psalms 46:1b) I thank You for helping me to clean out every area of my life. I thank You for being patient with me and helping me to persevere through the process of life change. Please help me to stay the course and not stop until EVERY area of my life is ENTIRELY pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to CLEAN your spiritual house one “room” at a time. Be sure to constantly enlist the help of your friend, THE friend, the one who sticks closer than a brother, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to help you get it all done. Our ultimate goal is to be just like Christ; we are not to stop working until we have reached that goal!
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Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”