Why is it that when we get the phone call that someone is on their way over to the house we frantically straighten everything up? Why is it that when we have company like our parents or in-laws coming to stay the house is never cleaner? Or most of take time in the spring or fall to do a good deep cleaning. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” Does this guest not deserve to come to a clean house? I mean we are talking about the Holy Spirit and our body is referred to as a temple….sounds important to me! What areas do you need to clean up? Where do we start?
Clean Your Heart: The Bible encourages us to draw close to God and allow our hearts to be cleansed. We can’t clean ourselves. Instead we must draw near to God and ask Him to do the cleaning.-Psalm 51:10-“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. “-Hebrews 10:22-“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
Clean Your Mouth: As your heart gets clean, your mouth should follow. This is not just talking about bad language. This should also include negative talk that contradicts the Word of God and complaining.-Luke 6:45-“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”-Philippians 2:14-“Do everything without complaining or arguing…”
Clean Your Mind: Take the trash out: This is a tough one for most of us. What are you putting into your mind? Garbage in is equal to garbage out. What kind of music are you listening to? Is it positive and feeding you with wholesome thoughts? How about TV and movies? We must feed our minds and spirits the Word of God instead of the garbage of this world. Guess what…Real Housewives of Wherever are not that real! Jersey Shore is not reality!-Romans 12:2-“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”-2 Corinthians 10:5-“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
It would not be a true and deep cleaning if we looked only at the spiritual and not the physical. God wants us to work and grow all of us not just bits and pieces.
Exercise your mind: When you study the elderly, the ones who are still sharp as a tack are the ones doing word searches, crossroad puzzles, games, trivia, and reading.
Exercise your body: Even 15 minutes a day can reduce risk of death by 14% and extend your life 3yrs[i]. Walking, jogging, weights, or group programs are a great place to start. Just pick a starting point and dive in. Set a plan and have accountability.
Good diet: Even something small such as reducing your daily amount of soda. Substituting a veggie or fruit for that bag of chips or candy bar is a simple way to begin. It does not have to be a night and day transformation it just has to be a beginning.
Change unhealthy habits: Get into a good sleep routine. Take time to rest (https://chadjfunk.com/2011/10/03/rest-matters/)…even God took a Sabbath. Stop worrying about the things you cannot control. Remember the serenity prayer.
Remember it is not a journey of perfection we are on but a journey of progress. What areas do you need to clean up? Today is the day I will seek God’s direction for areas in my life that need a good fall cleaning! Today is the day I will recover!