Cleaning Up Before A Move

Ps 24:3-4

3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? 
Or who may stand in His holy place? 
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, 
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, 
Nor sworn deceitfully. 


It is amazing once you’ve lived in one place for a while, how much stuff one can accumulate.  No matter how much effort you make to avoid becoming too much of a ‘pack rat’, things just seem to add up.  A few things here and there, throw them in the box, and they fill it up.  Out comes another box and a few loose items to fill it up with.  Before you know it, you have things that are boxed-up and stacked up that are only just taking space.

We recently moved.  My wife is very good about getting rid of things that we don’t use.  There is a lot of stuff that is very nice that others can use.  We sow that into other people’s lives.  Then there are other things that just need to be trashed.  Although, we thought we were doing pretty well we found that as we were ready to move, there was some stuff in our house that was just taking space.  These were things that were unnecessary and not used in our lives but were taking space.  These things that were just luggage for us to carry around, but had absolutely no benefit to us.

Spiritually, the situation is exactly the same for all of us.  We get so involved in our everyday lives that we don’t trash stuff.  Someone says something or does something that hurts us, so we hold unforgiveness in our hearts towards them.  We hold onto these things that hurt us, not the person we’re upset with.  It wouldn’t do any good to return like for like anyway.  We hold onto something that happened to us, things people said to us, and all sorts of things that hamper going deeper with God.  Our hearts get cluttered.

When the Holy Spirit moves on us and our churches, He begins to clean us up.  Things that might be acceptable to the common man, are not acceptable to God and we need to just start throwing them out, never to see them again.  It is like that stuff that has accumulated at your house before a move or spring cleaning; you can’t carry it around.  You have to get rid of it, otherwise it will slow you down.  It will prevent you from going deeper with God.

Who can go deeper into their relationship with God?  A person ‘who has clean hands and a pure heart’. A person who has not got the clutter of the world distracting them from doing right.  Someone whose priority is their relationship with God, over their wine, television watching, career, their car (or any other hobby or sport).  God is willing to go deeper with us, but we’ve got to take the first step.  The as we go deeper with God, He rewards us.  Psalm 24 continues on.

Ps 24:5 
5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord, 
And righteousness from the God of his salvation. 

God blesses those who go after Him.  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  I want to be blessed so I can be a blessing.  We should be so blessed that when we pray for the sick, they are healed.  When we see financial needs we are able to give to help people with food or funding to help them get back on their feet.  We are so blessed that we are a bright light in our community to save the lost.

How about it?  Are you ready for a move from the world’s ways to God’s ways? 

Posted on 7 December, 2006

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