Ah… Spring! It’s a time of new life and new beginnings; a time for new growth, new adventures, and renewing relationships that are dear to us. The natural world revives after battling the cold winter months; everything awakens: the green grass, birds and bees, flowers and trees, butterflies and hibernating animals, —and yes, even people!
Every year, we rush to our local home and garden stores to pursue that ever-elusive and seasonal curb appeal. We mow our lawns, spray for weeds, trim the hedges, plant flowers just to look good for our neighbors. Inside the house, we clean out our closets and hold yard sales, and pile our cars with items to take to donation centers. But what do we do in our spiritual lives to welcome the newness of life that God desires to give us?
Spring-cleaning is one thing, but what about spiritual cleansing? Unlike the natural spring-cleaning that makes us feel good for a little while, spiritual cleansing has a lifetime impact.
So this spring, don’t just dust behind those bookshelves and sweep under the sofas and the beds. Instead, dust off the altar of your heart and get ready for a spiritual spring-cleaning.
Here is a spiritual spring-cleaning checklist to help get you started. Practicing these things will surely to have a lasting impact and reward you with a deeper relationship with God and the people he has put in your life.
Cleanse Your Heart
The Word of God urges us to draw close to Him and allow our hearts and bodies to be cleansed. This is the first step in our spring-cleaning journey. It’s impossible to clean ourselves. Instead, we must draw near to God and ask Him to do the cleansing.
Renew Your Mind
As humans, our biggest struggle is erasing the bad thoughts and visuals from our minds. Garbage In = Garbage Out. Feed your minds and spirits the Word of God instead of the garbage of this world.
2 Corinthians 10:5
Wash Your Words
It’s not that far-fetched to have heard a parent tell a child, “if you say that again, I’ll wash your mouth out with soap.”
As we clean our hearts, our language should follow. This goes beyond bad language. It also includes negative talking and cynical thinking that contradict the Word of God, as well as murmuring and complaining.
James 3:9-10, 5:12
Proverbs 11:12-13; 12:22; 16:28; 20:19; 18;7-8
1 Timothy 5:12-13
Vacuum Up the Influences of the World
The world’s influence isn’t always detectable. Before you realize it, worldliness has affected your thoughts about God, His people, and your spiritual walk. Get rid of everything worldly that keeps your heart from being sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading.
1 John 2:15
Sweep Away Dead Things
If we are walking with God, everything in us that isn’t bearing good fruit, will be pruned away. We cannot have dead things in our life if we desire to produce good fruit. Bad company and bad habits should be swept away.
2 Corinthians 5:17
1 Corinthians 15:33
I John 1:9
Spring Cleaning Challenge:
The Bible commands us to lay aside sins and weights that keep us from running freely toward the finish line–Jesus.
What items in your home can you get rid of?
Are there clothes, dishes, or magazines that you know you don’t need or want? As you intentionally remove these items from your home, pray for the Holy Spirit to make all things new in your life. Ask Him to give you the grace to eliminate clutter in your feelings, thoughts, and conversations so there will be room for the good things He wants to replace them with.
Confess this verse as you prepare to be surprised by the great things that are on the way:
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him. God has revealed those things to us by his spirit…” I Corinthians 2:9