Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
I recently took on the project of cleaning out my pantry closet. I am not exaggerating when I say that it was floor to ceiling of clutter and garbage and disorganized chaos and a byproduct of a hurried life. If you don’t believe me just ask those I couldn’t really hide it from like my husband, kids and closest friends. It was like a veritable junk drawer on steroids. When people were coming over and I’d do the last minute quick pick up, that is where the miscellaneous everything went. The recycling cans, the extra appliance, or box of paper towels would get crammed onto another already full shelf. I would throw things in there and shut the door. Out of sight out of mind, right? Until I couldn’t anymore. It got so full it spilled out into the the other room. When my family started tripping on things, I knew something had to be done.
So I started taking things out. Little by little I sorted through the mess and took out the things that weren’t useful and started making room for things that were. I found valuable treasures I forgot I had and old things that needed dusting off. It took a lot of work and time and patience but soon I began to see the floor. There was order. I could walk in and move around freely without stumbling.
“Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:29-30, The Message)
Perhaps our souls are like this. We can get cluttered with hurry or stress or sin and shame. These things take up valuable space and crowd out the things of God. They’re a heavy burden to carry. Here’s the good news though: God doesn’t demand that we put our house in order before letting Jesus in. If we let Jesus into our house, he will help us put our house in order.
Inviting Jesus in to the mess means he takes hold of the burden for us. He sees us and understands the burden is too big for us. In all fullness of his grace, he comes along side and helps us sort through and set aside the things that bring about chaos and then replaces them with healing peace and freedom, forgiveness and light living. He dusts us off and finds valuable gifts and treasures and gives them a prominent place on the shelf.
Are you willing to invite him into your house today?
In His Grace,