We went camping last night. After we unpacked and put everything away this afternoon, our floor was covered in dirt, bark, leaves, etc. I swept twice on Thursday and once yesterday, but as I was sweeping the mess from today, I commented to my husband that it looks like I never sweep.
That thought kept rolling around in my mind and reminded me of spiritual disciplines. Yep…ya just never know what God will use to speak to your heart.
If I don’t sweep one day the house isn’t too messy. No big deal. If I miss two days, the specks on the floor would become pretty noticeable. If I miss three days, dirt and crumbs would probably begin sticking to our feet and something just wouldn’t seem right in the house.
Give it a few weeks and the problem would be pretty evident to anyone who stepped inside. After a year, cobwebs and dust bunnies would have taken over and no one would want to step foot in the house. Bugs would probably be pretty comfortable in our home and mold would likely be growing on the piles of food crumbs. Not only would the house look very nasty, but it would also create an unhealthy environment for our family.
Has your mind already created the parallel with spiritual disciplines? Missing a day of Bible reading and prayer isn’t so bad, right? We get busy sometimes, after all. Missing two days? Specks begin to show. Maybe a blot of something undesirable gets stuck somewhere and we either ignore it or don’t notice. After a few weeks of neglecting our relationship with God and others begin to notice. We may make excuses and think all is fine. We’ll get around to it soon.
A year without spending quality time with God and the nastiness of sin would show and continue to grow an undesirable, unhealthy new environment for us and for those around us. Our hearts grow hard and callous towards sin and the garbage and foul grime that accompanies it. Eventually we’re trapped inside a putrid life that no longer brings joy to anyone…including us.
God’s word and His presence bring freedom and keep us healthy, happy, and pure before a righteous God. We cannot let business, distractions, laziness, or apathy keep us from our time with God. A life that is too busy or consumed with things other than God is one that will create a layer of filth all around us. Truly we reap what we sow. If we do nothing to grow our relationship with God, then our relationship will wither and our lives will be the proof.
Being intentional about spiritual disciplines isn’t just a good idea. Like sweeping keeps a home from being covered in filth, our spiritual disciplines keep our souls from the same. Spending time with God is what makes us sparkle and shine. 🙂
Enjoy His Word today,