The saying goes, that a spotless house is an empty life. I don't think that applies to me at the moment, although I do have plenty of free time. Perhaps it is true.
Anyway, this morning I noticed a very small piece of cat biscuit on my kitchen floor. It stood out to me so much, that I had to pick it up, or it would have bothered me each time I went in the kitchen.
A lot of things in our earthly lives can also be parallel to our spiritual lives. However trivial they seem, we can find a special way of relating, which is another example of how infinite God is.
This minor incident reminded me how much our little faults stand out, when we've cleaned and tidied our attitudes, our goals, and priorities.
For example- lately I've been acutely aware of how much I've been spending on needless treats. From saying, 'Oh just this once, I deserve it', I have noticed myself becoming easily accustomed to it, and not being as grateful or contented as I used to be.
When it was church collection time, I felt a small pang of reluctance, which stood out to me so loudly.
But because I am also trying to spring clean my heart as well, I thankfully noticed in time. That pang I felt was as small, and yet so large to me, as that piece of cat biccie on the floor.
The floor must have looked so clean, that even the tiniest bit of food there, made it look dirty.
That is how it is with our walk in Christ. As He cleanses us, even a small hint of sin shows up, because it doesn't fit with the rest of us. This is a good thing.
It only needs us to look the other way with a grubby thought or a wrong idea, let it stay there, and before we realize it, we are getting used to more dirt, and living in spiritual squalor!
A bit of an extreme example, maybe, but the point is, we do need to be mindful of our lives, and give ourselves regular check ups in the presence of God, to see just how clean ( or not) we really are.
We might appear tidy, but the skirting boards and dusty corners, where others cannot so easily see, might say different on closer inspection.
God is the only one who will take the time to look that closely, and concern Himself to let us know, and even help clean up the cobwebs of our souls. And only He can see the dust that we keep invisible even to ourselves.
I don't know how you feel about it, but I need to ask myself as regularly- if not more times as I clean my flat- do I keep as tidy a soul as I do my place? What do I take more pride in?
What a great message for us to follow in our lives. We have to be ever watchful of the evil that can build a covering crust in our lives and become normal to us. We do need to houseclean our souls to replenish our spirit.