Do YOU Pre-clean?

My mom is notorious for cleaning the house before the maid comes. I think it’s absolutely crazy. You’re cleaning up for the cleaning lady?!

Of course she has her reasons. And they are pretty valid.

First, she wants to clean the clutter so that the housekeeper can focus on other things. LIke windows and baseboards and the carpeted stairs. Those are hard-to-clean areas and I get it.

I still think it’s odd, though, every time I see her frantically cleaning before the maid arrives.

As silly as it sounds, many of us do this with the Lord.

We want His help with the harder areas but we want to frantically clean up the rest before we go to Him.

That’s not what He wants.

He wants ALL of us… All the dirt, all the grime…

Have you ever had a child try to help with the dishes?

They mean well but you often end up with half-washed dishes, a bigger mess, and dirty dishes now mixed in with the clean ones. I’ll do it myself, you say, but thanks for trying.

That’s where the Lord is. Let ME do it, He says. Thanks for wanting to present yourself clean before Me but I am the one who washes away your sin. Just give it to me.

ALL of it.

Don’t pre-clean. Don’t hold back that one part you would rather clean yourself. Give it all to Him and be made whole.

“Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Matthew 8:2

Addiction isn’t always a bad thing..

I had an earth-shattering revelation the other day. Maybe for you it’s no big deal, but, for me, it rocked me to the core.

ADDICTION ISN’T ALWAYS A BAD THING.

I was shocked.

As someone who’d dealt with addiction, I would argue that yes, addiction is a very bad thing. It’s horrible. It ruins lives. It causes death. It destroys relationships.

But that was my kind of addiction. And many others’ addictions.

‘Cause those are all headed down the same dead-end road. Alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography…

I was pretty sure Jesus would agree.

But I read a verse I’d never noticed before.

1 Corinthians 16:15 says I beseech you, brethren, ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints…

That word ADDICTED just jumped off the page for me.

They ADDICTED themselves to the ministry of the saints.

Jesus doesn’t have a problem with addiction. He WANTS us to be addicted. But He wants us to be addicted to Him.

That’s great news for people like me with an addictive personality. We don’t have to rebuke that or try to change it at all.

We just turn our addiction to Christ.

Gear Up: JOY

It’s Sunday night! Time to gear up for a new week. As always, the best way to do that is to PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18) but we also will focus on ONE area to strengthen our walk with the Lord. Just one focus to help us grow a faith that cannot fade with the demands of life and the pressures of this world. This week we will focus on JOY!

We all have things that bring us joy in life, whether it’s a pet or a grandchild, a hobby or a friend. Whatever brings YOU joy, cherish it. Thank God each day for everything that brings you joy that day.

Are there many things that bring you joy daily? Excellent. Make sure to thank Him for each and every one.

Are there only a couple of things that bring you joy? Pray and ask the Lord to help heal your heart so that you may let more joy into your life.

Is there nothing that brings you joy? Talk to a loved one or a trusted friend or pastor. The Lord doesn’t want you to live a life devoid of joy. He delights in seeing US delighted!

Remember, sometimes things will happen that will cause temporary sorrow. But JOY always comes in the morning! (Psalm 30:5)