A Successful Spring Cleaning
A spring cleaning is an act of making thorough cleaning of a thing or place, presumably during spring season. This kind of cleaning takes diligent and careful precautions in order to turn out a successful spring cleaning. However, a person can declare a spring cleaning on a thing or place during any other season besides spring provided a thorough cleaning is needed.
Long time ago, during the reign of King Josiah of Judah, the nation of Judah was deep in idolatry. King Josiah was just a child of eight years old when he became the king of Judah. When Josiah became eighteen he started to think of how he could wipe away idolatry and other ungodly acts in Judah. He prayed to the Almighty God for guidance. He started with the house of God. He gave instructions, and ordered the priests to repair the house of God that was in a bad shape.
While repairing the house of God, the High Priest found the book of the Laws written by Moses hundreds of years earlier. The book had been neglected for years; nobody seemed to care about the Word of God anymore. The book was brought to the king, and he ordered a scribe to read it; he wanted to know what was written in the Holy book. When the scribe finished reading the book, and Josiah learned about the punishments God had promised to incur upon Judah for their idolatry, the king broke down in tears with a great lamentation.
After crying for a long time, he rose up and went into the house of God accompanied with all his officials. He immediately called for an emergency meeting, and invited all the people of Judah to attend the meeting. He told the people during the meeting what he had just learned from the Word of God concerning their situation, and he made a solemn covenant with God of Israel on behalf of his people, that they would repent of their evil doings and follow God whole heartedly.
When the king left the house of God he went into action. He broke into pieces all the idols erected in the house of God. All the idols also erected by King Solomon during his reign were all broken into pieces and thrown away. Josiah went into all the towns of Judah from Geba to Beer-sheba, and ordered all their idols and shrines to be destroyed immediately. The king was zealous for the only true and living God, the God of Israel.
Having done a spring cleaning to the house of God and other places in Judah, the king called for another meeting that dealt with change of attitude of the People of Judah. Passover feast that God ordained to be celebrated annually by the people of Israel had been neglected for hundreds of years. King Josiah led the people to celebrate the feast, the High Priest blessed them, and all the people went back to their various houses rejoicing. King Josiah had a successful spring cleaning of house and heart by the obedience to the Word of God and prompt action in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit. (Bible Text: 2 Kings 22: 1-20; 23: 1-28).
How Does a Christian Achieve a Successful Spring Cleaning in his House and Heart?
1. Prayer: Every Christian must be a person of prayer. King Josiah prayed first before he started the spring cleaning. The Bible says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3: 5-6 KJV).
2. Obedience to the Word of God: Any Christian that wants to be successful in his endeavors must take the Word of God serious. There must not be a selection of any part of the Word of God to disobey; all the words of God in the Bible must be obeyed. A Christian must be an obedient to the Word of God to achieve a successful spring cleaning of heart. The Holy Scriptures says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thyword” (Psalm 119: 9 KJV).
3. Prompt Obedience to the Leading of the Holy Spirit: Some Christians are very reluctant to obey God immediately; they prefer to do what God asks them to do in their own time. God cannot be held to ransom by anybody, if a person fails to do what God asks him to do at the right time, He chooses another person to do it. It is a privilege for a person to be assigned by God to do something for Him. King Josiah obeyed the Word of God immediately, and he reaped a successful spring cleaning. Hear this, “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lordhath spoken it”(Isaiah 1: 19-20 KJV).
4. Go into Action: After a Christian’s prayer to seek the guidance from God, and he is now convinced of how to handle the situation, there is no time to be wasted again; he should go into action. Hardworking counts a lot in the kingdom of God. Laziness is not tolerated by our God; the Lord Jesus Christ testifies to this many times in the Bible. Listen to this, “But Jesusanswered them, My father worketh hitherto, and I work”(John 5: 17 KJV). If a Christian wants to achieve a successful spring cleaning he must go into action. The Word of God confirms this again, “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before meanmen” (Proverbs 22: 29 KJV).
Looking at the way King Josiah achieved his success, and taking those four factors mentioned above into considerations, I believe that every Christian also can witness a successful spring cleaning in his house and heart.
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