My wife is in the beginning stages of cleaning out our kitchen cabinets in preparation for remodeling them (no, the pic at the left isn’t of our cabinets). We had our cereal in a top cabinet. It’s a pretty deep cabinet, and we can’t see to the back of it. We found an old package of bread. We’re not sure how old, but neither one of us wanted to open it up to see just how old.
A little “spring cleaning” goes a long way. It reveals clutter and dirt that is usually ignored or unnoticed. Just like our cabinets and closets, our lives can use a good cleaning. Look what the Bible says in Psalm 139:23-24,
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
When was the last time we asked God to dig into our hearts and reveal our “grievous ways” to us? Our anger, our lust, our bitterness, our prejudices–all of the things hiding in the corners of our heart that need exposure and repentance. This isn’t a one time prayer. It’s an ongoing process, a battle for holiness in our journey to become more like Jesus.
What is hidden in your heart that God needs to clean out?