I am not quite sure what has gotten into me but I have been on an incredible cleaning binge recently…and it feels great 🙂
My office used to be a complete and utter sty:
–Papers all over the floor
–Unfiled books stacked on a work space area.
–Files filled with old, old, old stuff that will never, ever, ever be used again.
–Stuff littering my office that has disguised itself as decorations.
For about 7 1/2 years I have been working in a space like that…but no more.
Over the course of yesterday and this morning I have been periodically putting stuff away, throwing stuff out and organizing…in between times of lesson planning and sermon prep. It has provided a break from ministry tasks but it also has been fairly enlightening (besides the fact that I am now realizing I am experiencing some troubles locating certain items).
The enlightening part is this: I am amazed at how we hold on to stuff…sometimes for no real reason other than; “I might need it sometime“. We also place a lot of sentimental value on innate objects. “So and so gave that to me”, “I bought that when we vacationed in…”, “I found that rock and it looked pretty”. Not that we shouldn’t cherish gifts we get from people but seriously…there is a line…somewhere. At what point is enough, enough? What should we hold on to and what should we let go?
…I swivel around in my office chair and I see a wide open space…and I like it 🙂 I find myself trying to decide what words to type here to describe what this feels like. I can feel a difference. Some words that are coming to mind are:
Am I just weird or does this make sense to people? Well …actually…I hope this does makes sense because…
[Watch out – here comes the pastor in me that is always looking for a ministry illustration in everyday life events and things]
…this is a similar feeling I get when I hear someone proclaim to me, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that my sins are forgiven. In some similar ways we have a tendency to hold on to sins in our lives but for different reasons:
–God can’t possibly forgive that.
–I am too embarrassed to even say it.
–I am beyond hope so why even try.
–I haven’t cleaned up my act enough to step before God.
…and you get the point.
We hoard those undesirable sins…all the while they are choking us and draining us of all hope. They crowd all the free space in our heart and we begin to feel closed in. The only way to be free is to boldly and confidently come before God and, through faith in Jesus Christ, confess those sins. When you do God will gladly say to you:
“My child…I love you. You’re sins are forgiven.”
And there you go….you’re free. How do I know this?
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
Wow…that is awesome. Those sins are gone. Forgotten. They are history. Never to be remembered by God. So therefore (and I don’t know about you) but when I think about that steadfast love I feel:
–(and allow me to add) Thankful
My friends…join me in cleaning house, each and everyday and enjoy this awesome God of ours through Jesus Christ our Risen Savior and Lord.
Blessings to you 🙂