Lesson on Cleaning…

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Today’s life lesson with emma is:

"People who don’t clean don’t know where things are.  People who clean are those who know where things are."

This applies to adults as well, not just in the literal sense of cleanliness within the house, but within the primary home- one’s body.  It says in Romans 12 that our bodies and minds are living sacrifices, not intended for our own selfish uses, but the holiness it imparts is one pleasing to God, one given to glorify the Maker.  This is further supported in the first book of Corinthians,  "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" (6:19-20).

Look, I’m not talking about drugs here, or specifically drinking alcohol, cheating on your taxes, perversion, or being sexually immoral, debating with passerbys on the legality or illegality of substances as portals to sin, although those stated aren’t necessarily excluded.  I’m not here to micro-manage your life and choices and have them justified while being on the fence whether we should limit grace or abuse it.  I’m talking about straight up Romans 12, that our bodies need continuous renovation, that our minds are commanded to be "renewed" and "transformed."  The prefix "re" connotes not a singular action, but an ongoing progressive deterioration of what is old, and into the new, into the holy.  This is our worship. 

Let’s not debate here with the mighty disclaimer of human imperfection, while in fact, really hiding behind a pretty veil of abusing grace.  We can choose to bring our lives into the light, and see the dirty areas, know where they are, and in fact hang them out to clean and dry.  Palms out, we can bring them before the Lord and make the difficult choice to renovate, to renew, to submit.  Complete vulnerability and transparency isn’t easy; that’s why they call it a sacrifice.  And while we live, we do it daily.

But the only way is if we stop the cycle, the indifference and acceptance to that specific sin, and make the decision to clean up the dross.  So there is it…take the blue pill and neglect all the indulgences and choose the easy way and experience all of life’s fleeting pleasures, as to conform this world (v.2), or take the red pill, and protect the life God has chosen to give you.  It may not be your idea of fun, it may not give you immediate pleasure, but here’s the kicker in verse 2, "Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." 

Yes, "PLEASING" and not to mention "perfect."  How could anything compare?  The choice is out there.

…Clean house.

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" 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

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