I for one am LOVING this weather outside. Bike rides around downtown Greenville, SC, hiking trips, and really just enjoying God’s creation outside. A recent sermon at my church approached an interesting topic that I plan to discuss in today’s devotion: spring cleaning.
I like things to be neat and clean. I love organizing and reordering things when the warm weather comes back. Needless to say, I was all ears when I saw that the pastor was covering spring cleaning! Instead of taking notes on how to clean out your winter closet, I was left refreshed and encouraged to take on spring with a passion for the Lord.
Let me rewind all the way back to Matthew 21. Jesus is entering a temple during Passover. For those of you who don’t know, Passover is a time where pilgrims from all over visit the temple and this atmosphere was filled with people bartering and selling for sacrifices. The temple was corrupt and commercialized and this displeased the Lord.
Isaiah 6:1 tells us that the temple should be a sacred place of worship, filled with God. Jesus stood against the temple leaders and turned over their tables of money changers. He healed the blind and lame, and the children praised Him! He took his temple back.
1 Corinthians 6:19 says our body is a temple. The Holy Spirit lives within us. The pastor convicted me to look inside at my temple. My temple could use a serious spring cleaning! I let other things corrupt my temple (reality tv being a big one), and I do things myself that is like throwing trash on the ground of my temple (gossiping). I need to get my mop and broom and clean out my temple and keep it clean! After all, the Holy Spirit is living there and He deserves the best.
Scripture: Matthew 21:12-17, Isaiah 6:1, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Ezekiel 36:26-27
Observation: I do things that corrupt my temple and displease the Lord.
Application: I will not lower my standards that will dirty my temple and the best way to keep it clean is to live fully everyday for Jesus.
Prayer: God, help me to keep my temple clean. Keep the trash, corruption, and filth out; and to forgive me when I fail to keep it out. Give me patience in this spring cleaning season of my life through any struggles I may have. Amen.