Listen to this devotional:
In the park where we live, there is excellent garbage pickup service. Every other Friday, we can put out any items, large or small, that we need to get rid of. It is so liberating to be able simply to put our unwanted items at the roadside, knowing that they will be picked up and disposed of for us. In other locations, we might be permitted a certain weight of garbage, and then have to pay for the excess weight. Here, there are no trips to the dump necessary, no worries about all our unwanted stuff weighing too much. Living where we do, that's all taken care of; all we have to do is clean the storage areas that have been cleared of junk. That's so easy!
God conducts a similar service for our spirits. We can give all our sins — large and small — everything — to Him and ask for His forgiveness. No sin is too big for Him to cleanse or dispose of. And once in a while, He'll get our attention about an inner storage area of stuff that is gathering dust, simply because we refuse to deal with it — but He wants it gone.
Psalm 51:2 – Wash me clean from all of my sin and guilt. (CEV)
Ezekiel 36:25 – I will sprinkle you with clean water, and you will be clean and acceptable to Me. I will wash away everything that makes you unclean, and I will remove your disgusting idols. (CEV)
We've lived here for only a few months, and as time goes by, we have less and less garbage to get rid of, both inherited and self-collected. Shouldn't it be our goal, as Christians, to feel that way spiritually — to live in such a way that we also have less and less sin to get rid of?
Prayer: Abba, grant us the strength to clean out areas that are needing attention or de-cluttering, and the courage to give all our unpleasant spiritual clutter to You, for a thorough cleanup. Amen.