The past couple of days these three have been my best friends…
We’ve done just about everything together. They’ve spent time with me, we’ve gotten super close, and they’ve helped me accomplish my “to-do” list. Those are some good friends. Tyler and I have the opportunity to serve the people of the Dominican Republic this June with some of our church family. We have a big church yard sale this Saturday to raise funds for our trip. So what have my best friends (my cleaning tools) and I been doing? I’m glad you asked! SPRING CLEANING. We’ve been going through every nook and cranny of our little house to find things to sell and get out of our hair. Along the way, we decided to do a deep clean. Dusting baseboards and fans included. This isn’t always my favorite thing to do-it’s time consuming and hard work- however, it’s completely necessary. Especially for my sanity! We’ve been married 2 and a half years…how do we already have so much junk we don’t need?!
Here’s our junk pile already, and we aren’t even done yet!
Here’s our cute little helper! Most the time he’s not exactly helpful haha!
I got to thinking about Spring Cleaning…as cheesy as this metaphor is, go with me here! Just like we need to deep clean and de-junk our homes, we must allow Christ to deep clean and de-junk our hearts. This reminds me of Psalm 51:10:
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
It can take hard work and be painful at times, but it is necessary that we allow the Lord to create pure hearts within us. I want to be cleansed and renewed, even if it takes hard work.
I love the image of the vine and branches in John 15.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’”
God cuts off every branch that bears no fruit and those that do bear fruit, He prunes! This reminds me that even in seasons when I do bear fruit, I must always be open-handed and allowing Christ to prune away the sin in me. If I do this, He will cut those nasty parts away and that allows Him to make me even more fruitful! How in the world do we bear fruit in the first place? We MUST remain in the vine—CHRIST!
It can be so easy to hide our junk. We have closets, drawers, totes, and baskets that make our homes look tidy and clean. However, there’s junk in the nooks that truly have no place but are so well hidden. Our hearts can also be junkyards masked behind facades that seemingly have it all together. Allow Jesus to prune away the negative and bear beautiful juicy fruit in you! These days my prayer is just that—get rid of the negative in me that I might bear fruit and glorify Christ. “Create in me a PURE heart, O God, and RENEW a steadfast spirit within me.”