Jacob said to his household and to everyone who was with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you. Clean yourselves and change your clothes” (Genesis 35:2, Common English Bible).
I spent a good deal of time today cleaning house. Before Cindy reads this and really calls me out on it, I don’t mean that I cleaned the house. First of all, it didn’t really need to be cleaned. Considering I am usually the only one here, the majority of the house doesn’t get that bad. But then again, because I am usually the only one here and I hate cleaning house almost as much as I hate yard work, it often only gets done when I absolutely have to, which is usually on a Friday afternoon before Cindy gets here that night. I know I should be better about it but considering how long I have avoided house cleaning in my life, that probably isn’t going to happen.
No, what I spent my time doing today was cleaning house on this and another blog. I went in and looked over all the old posts and I thought, you know, if something were to ever happen at Blog Spot and I lost all these posts I might be at least a little disappointed. So, I copied almost all the blog posts here and on Blogger. I took many of them off the site to clear up some space. It was out with the old to make room for the new.
I think one of the reasons I am not a big fan of house cleaning is, all too often, it is hard for me to get rid of some of those old things. My parents have been visiting me all week this week (another reason the house has stayed clean). My Dad was asking me about disposal of some of his old scout memorabilia. I told him I didn’t want him to get rid of it, instead I wanted to put it in a shadow box that we might later share with my kids and grandkids. Still, it is more stuff and I don’t want to get rid of it. And that, I can promise you, I will be keeping for a while.
The thing is, as much as I dislike cleaning house, it is something important. If we don’t clean house at least from time to time, the stuff will eventually take over.
As I was cleaning up the blog sites I got to thinking about how the same ideas apply to our spiritual lives. Knowingly or unknowingly, we collect stuff in our spiritual lives we don’t need, things we shouldn’t want and if left on their own will eventually take over.
In our lesson today, Jacob is returning home to meet Esau. He instructs the members of his household, because of the Scripture says everyone, we can presume both family members and household servants, to clean house, to get rid of their foreign gods and to clean themselves and change their clothes. “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you. Clean yourselves….” In other words, do some spiritual housecleaning.
It is something we need to do to. Today is the beginning of a new week. It is the day we go to worship. I can’t think of a much better time than today to clean our spiritual houses. We need to get rid of the stuff so we can build a better relationship with God.
Have a blessed day in the Lord,
Grace and Peace,
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