Declutter. This is one resolution for this New Year.
It didn't happen all at once.
We have been in our home for seven years. Seven years of living. Seven years of collecting. Seven years of unnecessary items finding places to rest out of sight.
Clutter has built up over time. Tuck this away here. Hide that little trinket there. Until the mess under the surface screams too loudly to be ignored. Its voice beckons from under the neat facade.
I hide away clutter pretending it's not there until one day when I open the cabinet door and it all falls out onto my head. In that moment, there is a choice: cram the clutter back into the cabinet and pretend it isn't there (this is the one I often choose), or acknowledge it, deal with it and toss it or give it away.
Our hearts are the same. A little sin tucked away here. A seemingly small compromise over in the corner. It adds up. Until one day it all comes crashing down. There is a choice that must be made.
Keep it hidden or toss it.
We need to toss the clutter to the Cross. We need to give it away to the One who can take it and use it for good. He is the only One who can make any use of it.
If you were to come to my house, you might comment how uncluttered it is. I. Cannot. Stand. Clutter. However, if you were to look into my cabinets and drawers, you would find a different story. Everything might look neat and tidy on the outside, but what is on the inside?
"The Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
And sin isn't always obvious. Sin is often disguised as quite useful. Worry. Pride. Self-righteousness. Selfishness. Those are the ones that often hide the best.
Clutter crowds out room for crowns.
When our cabinets are full of useless space-robbers, there is little room for what is necessary.
When are souls are full of useless nothingness, there is little room left for Christ.
And the only necessary thing is Christ.
The nothing allows for thorns to grow, choking out the Word of God (when it is heard) and robs our hearts of the richness of God's presence (Luke 8:14).
Just as I won't know all that is in my cabinets that needs to be cleared out until I start going through them, I won't know all that is in my heart that needs tossed until I let Christ clean it out.
And I won't lie, the process can be painful. Sometimes digging into the deep corners takes some muscle. There may even be some smelly moldy bowls that need to be removed.
However, even if it isn't all pleasant, it is better to toss the mold than to have it hiding in your heart.
"Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10
Let that be our heart's cry.
I pray that in this cleansing process, there will be a decluttering of me to make more room for Him.
It is an ever-going process that won't be completed until Heaven.
(Hopefully decluttering my cabinets won't take quite as long!) ; )
Lord, declutter me.