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Aug 8, 2009

God Housekeeping

Every Saturday morning I embark on the thing I find both dreadful and rewarding…...housecleaning. For me, it is part necessity and part therapy. Although it is an endless battle against dust, dirt, and grime, there is something very satisfying about getting the house clean. Each Saturday, armed with Swiffer dusters, a Dyson vacuum (love that thing), and Pledge multi-purpose disposable wipes (to name just a few) the dirty task of making things spic and span ensues. Occasionally, in addition to the dust, there are hidden treasures unearth in the cleaning process. Tucked under a book, behind a trinket, or in an old basket, a magnificent piece of history is exposed that makes the cleaning spree all worth it. It may be a photo from a special occasion when the kids were small, a ticket stub from an event, or a hand written letter or card with a scripture in the footnote. Amazingly, whatever it is, it’s exactly the thing needed at that very moment, as though planted by time to unfold just then.

Jesus is a Master Housekeeper. He too is constantly cleaning, making you new when you confess your sins and ask for forgiveness. He is an expert at providing the right timing and insight to allow you to dust off the cobwebs from your past that stand in the way of your good. He knows the exact formula needed to wipe away the residual of sin, envy, resentment, and hurt that tarnishes your soul. He is the One able to wash and remove the stains that result from your daily life in a fallen world. Then Jesus provides you with a glimpse of yourself as He sees you; purified by the Holy Spirit, a new creation in Christ. The next time you take a cloth to a dusty table, or a broom to a dirty floor rather than complain, say a prayer of thanks. Give thanks for the sacrifice and blood of Christ. Thank God for His grace and the gift of His Kingdom where you will live with Him for ever. Oh, and one more thing, give thanks that Heaven is always sparkling, glistening, and perfectly clean.

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”
Philippians 1:9-11

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