Do you get frustrated with daily chores? Many of them seem to be a waste of time to me. Just as soon as I finish doing the laundry, I turn around and the kids already have another basket of clothes dirty. Or think about mopping the floors, by the time you’ve rinsed out your mop bucket and put the mop away, the dog, the children or the husband have already tracked something across the floor you just cleaned. Then there is my son’s favorite: “Mom, why do I need to make my bed if I’m just going to climb back in it later today?”
It may seem pointless at times to clean, but think about what life would be like if we didn’t. The filth would just keep piling up and eventually, things would be so nasty, you wouldn’t recognize anything. Forget the house, what about you. How nasty would we be if we didn’t clean ourselves daily?
Many of us would never think of leaving the house without taking a shower and washing our hair. We’re all pretty good at cleaning up on the outside, but what about the inside? Do we take time to clean up our hearts each day? What do we look like when we don’t? Does filth collect there too?
In Matthew 23:25, Jesus chastised the Pharisees for focusing on outward appearances instead of what is on the inside- the heart. Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” We need to realize the heart is very telling to the Lord. He doesn’t waste his time looking at outward appearances [1 Samuel 16:7]. His focus goes straight to the heart [Proverbs 21:2].
Just as we clean our bodies each morning before we face our day, we need to take time to clean our hearts. We are personally incapable of doing so ourselves. We need the Father’s assistance to truly clean our hearts [Psalm 51:10]. Only He can make us whiter than snow [Psalm 51:7].
When we take a bath daily, it doesn’t take as long to clean up; however, if we avoid taking a bath for a while, our hair gets dirty and matted and we have to spend longer trying to get clean and get all the tangles out. The same is true spiritually speaking. If we are consistent with the cleaning of our heart, we don’t have to go through the use of a spiritual Brillo pad to get clean.
It’s bath time. Will you allow the Father to make you whiter than snow? You’ll smell better to those around you [2 Corinthians 2:14] and you’ll also bless yourself.