My daughter is a messy.
Its quite common for the floor of her room to be completely covered in clothes, art supplies, books and lots of GARBAGE. Why she can't just throw the garbage into the trash can I will never understand.
When we moved into our new home, Jim told her in no uncertain terms that her room must be unpacked and everything must be put away before she could do anything else.
Katelyn proceeded to dump the contents of her SIX boxes onto the floor, stating that it would be easier for her to put things away if she just had to pick them up off the floor.
She started out great, but quickly lost steam when other things looked more interesting.
"No, Katelyn. Go finish your room, " a parent would say, and she'd head back to her dungeon of torture.
"Okay! I'm done," came the excited proclamation as she quickly headed to the couch with her book.
"Wait," I warned. "Let me go inspect."
The room did look fairly clean. But the story was told as I looked into her closet.
"Katelyn, why do you have boxes of junk here in your closet?"
"Remember? You told me to put whatever I don't have a place for into a box for now."
"Yes, but this is not what I meant. You didn't go through any of your stuff. You just threw everything in here and shoved it into the closet."
"Yes, I went through it!"
"Then why is there garbage in here? Look, papers, wrappers, water bottles...Katelyn, go through these boxes piece by piece. The same for these dresser drawers."
She grumbled and complained, but finally, two inspections later it was done.
I was thinking about this later at Saturday night prayer and I thought of what a perfect analogy it was to our Christian life.
We begin with a fresh start, maybe as a new convert, or a new commitment. We set out to do right, to clean up our life. But soon we get tired, other things in life call for us, and for whatever reason, we decide that, even though the cleaning job is not completely finished, its good enough and we'll just stuff the rest into the closet of our heart to deal with later.
But the problem is that we don't take the time to completely remove all the sin garbage in our lives. And, despite best intentions, we never go back to it later. So it just sits in the closet, festering, until one day we notice a smell and discover mold and bugs.
The other night I was reading I Corinthians 6. Starting with verse 9, Paul says "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdome of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, not idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkars, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
He continues in verse 11, "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."
We need to clean out, organize, get rid of the garbage in our lives. Let our hearts, minds and spirits be washed by the blood of the Lamb. Continually.