I pushed open the windows in the living room, and was greeted by spring. The warm sunshine tickled my face while the cool breeze caressed my skin. Birds chirped and squirrels scampered. Green leaves decided to grace bare trees with their presence. Tiny flower buds crept out of hiding, revealing vivid displays of colors. The spring breeze rushed in, demanding the stuffy air of winter to leave. With it came the reminder that it’s time for spring cleaning.
This is the time to thoroughly clean our living quarters from floor to ceiling. Heavy duty tasks, from washing windows to waxing floors are done. Dust bunnies no longer take residence on furniture. Cool-weather bed linens and clothing gets switched out for warm-weather collections. Then springtime decor such as potted plants, door wreaths, and throw pillows are incorporated. Basically, the entire house gets a makeover.
Let us choose the same approach for our spiritual walk with God. As time proceeds on its endless journey, our faith might be lagging. During this time our efforts to serve God in spirit and in truth becomes effortless. We may stray from the narrow road that leads to life, and unto the broad road of destruction. When this happens, resist the urge to wallow in self-denial. Instead, seek God’s assistance, and start a spiritual spring cleaning. Let the cry of David in Psalm 51:10 be our cry; “Create in me a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Then let’s get busy and set our spiritual affairs in order. James 4:8 gives this advice, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” With this in mind, start pulling down the cobwebs off our hearts. Let the sun shine in on our prayer lives. Wipe the dust off our Bible…relationships. Wash selfish motives from our thoughts. Put away the heavy unforgiving spirit, and invite forgiveness in. Arrange decor of patience, kindness, and love all over our actions. For this spring, as we clean out our homes let us also clean out our hearts, and give our spiritual walk with God a facelift.