We all struggle to remain balanced throughout the year.
Especially after three major holidays in the past two months, it is a battle to keep excess from piling up in our homes and work areas. But the bigger problem, I believe, is that overindulgence has created a spiritual mess within us, and so it becomes necessary to not only clean up our surroundings, but also our internal selves.
Because when we do too much in our physical lives, we often have difficulty connecting with God. So to start, here are 3 dirty areas to clean up for Christ in order to better follow Him!
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)
What do you treasure? I’d like to think that I only treasure things of great importance such as family, community, and giving.
But truthfully, I also treasure security, convenience, and success. And these are perishables, which we cannot store up and take with us to heaven.
So how do we make these decaying treasures less treasurable? By asking God to give us wealth in heart treasures like love, understanding, and wisdom.
[…] that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-3)
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
This is not just a Scripture on positive thinking. It is instruction on how to make ourselves like Christ, where we can produce fruitfulness from our thoughts.
Because if we dwell on negativity and unholy desires, they will be the seeds for negative and unholy actions. By meditating on anger, I will become outwardly angry; if I meditate on sad experiences, I will express sadness.
The appearance may not be immediate, but eventually we will see the fruits (or bad fruits) of our labor. So we should ask God for help in submitting our thoughts to Him, allowing goodness instead of rottenness to flow through us.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23)
When I wanted to buy a new house, I constantly searched for one. There wasn’t a day that went by where I didn’t go online to look, even just to see the houses I didn’t like again.
But in today’s world, we not only face our personal longings, but also ones forced upon us by society. When we see food commercials throughout our day, we begin to crave those foods; when we see red tags at the store, we are tempted by reduced prices.
The same with seeing vile things, we become influenced by them if we aren’t cautious. So turn to God for aid, asking Him to point out those unclean influences in order to fill you with light instead of darkness.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8).
It takes active participation for us to clean anything in our lives. For we cannot throw away what we hoard unless we are willing to.
But we are not without help and encouragement. God is the other part of the equation that will help us to be successful in our efforts.
And so our job is to be willing to remove the junk in our hearts, minds, and bodies. And God’s job is to provide us with the support, guidance, and encouragement in order to get us there!
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