Do you like to clean? I loathe it, but know it must be done. I am such a people person that I see cleaning as time away from people; however, it’s necessary so I do it. I’ve learned through the years it is better to clean a little each day rather than ignore it until you need to slap a quarantined sign on the front door. Let’s face it, buying a house was a huge decision and a large investment, so you don’t want to ignore it or fail to take care of it. When you wait over time to clean, you have to scrub and scrub just to reach the surface and then you have to clean the surface. If you clean on a regular basis, then all you have to clean each time is the surface dirt, because it never really builds up over time.
You’re smart. You see where I’m going with this little analogy. Praying to accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior is by far, the most important decision we ever make. We do so by praying to Jesus, confessing our sins and asking Him to cleanse us and lead us forevermore [Romans 10:9, 1 John 1:9]. Just like purchasing a house, accepting Christ as your Savior is only the beginning. In order to maintain a healthy relationship and a clean heart, we need to spend time with Him daily, allowing Him to cleanse any areas of our lives from unrighteousness [Jeremiah 33:8, Psalm 51:7, 10]. This requires time… time spent with God. If Jesus, the Son of God, needed to meet with the Father on a daily basis, then we certainly need to meet with Him regularly [Mark 1:35]. Remember, God does some of His best work very early in the morning [Luke 24:1-8]. Who wants to sleep in and miss out on an opportunity to see God do something great?
Maybe this is how the old saying, “Cleanliness is next to godliness” got started. Who knows? Take time today to get your spiritual house clean. It’s a lot easier to do a little each day and you’ll be glad you did.