Many people heard the words, "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" when they were growing up. Often this statement backed up the necessity to keep our bedrooms clean or take a shower each day. While being physically clean is important, these words actually have a larger meaning. Our spiritual cleanliness is the most crucial element of our existence.
Cleaning up is imperative to find what we need and be efficient people. We don't want to put waste products into the environment that hurt life on Earth. We also should have necessities at our fingertips to avoid waste, as there are many needy people who could use the resources that often get inadvertently trashed. Being clean and organized shows we care about ourselves, our work and the world around us. Some people hire help to clean and organize their work areas. Others take the time to do it for themselves and maintain a tidy space on a constant basis.
But all things should be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40
Cleaning Our Spiritual House
Sin is like the dirt, debris and disease that permeate a dirty house. It brings us down and makes us appear differently to others than we may perceive ourselves. We need to turn to Jesus for forgiveness and discover better ways to live our lives. Following the commandments and loving each other are ways to clean our spiritual house. Avoiding negative situations and finding ways to help ourselves and others makes our lives spiritually fulfilling.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Our Hearts Should Be Cleaner Than Our Homes
It is noble to spend our time cleaning our homes and yards for a better daily life. But it is even more imperative to ensure our hearts are clean. In fact, they should be even cleaner than our homes. We need to get rid of harmful emotions such as jealousy, greed and lust. Our hearts should be filled with love and the desire to help others. When our hearts are clean, we feel ready for Him at any time.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
Are you more concerned with a clean house or a clean heart? Spring is the perfect time to renew our lives and re-evaluate our priorities. Let's consider how to keep our hearts clean while we take care of the routine tasks to keep our world in good shape. The days following Easter are the perfect time to consider His sacrifice for us and what we can do to become better people.