Easter is only a few days away and most of us have started the process of cleaning our homes from top to bottom. When we were little, most of us dreaded the extra chores, but as we grew older we realized the freshness of a clean home felt rewarding. The same way we evaluate our home, we must evaluate the inner home that we have built through our faith and acceptance of Jesus. If Jesus came into our home, we would make sure to check every corner of our home, even places that no one will look.
And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. Luke 11:25
Most of us clean our homes at least once a week, this includes vacuuming, laundry, washing, dusting and many other tasks. Each week the to-do list must be completed or else the next week will start off with a dirty house. The same way we need to routinely check our souls: do we need to vacuum out any unneeded desires? Do we need to dust off that layer of jealousy, or wash off our regrets?
Let’s look at an example of a person in the Bible who realized their uncleanliness and wrote a prayer to profess his sin and want for redemption, in the book of Psalms, chapter 51.
David, the king of Israel a the time, had been recently visited by the prophet, Nathan who confronted him about his recent adultery with Bathsheba and the planned murder of her husband, Uriah (2 Samuel 12). David realized that God has seen his thoughts and actions, although no one else knew of These are the steps that David took in order to come clean with God.
1. Admitting Sin
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me. Psalm 51:3
David admitted that he felt very guilty for the sin and crime he had committed. God is just in His judgement. We are born sinful, no one is ever perfect in their lifetime, but we must always ask for forgiveness of our sins.
2. Cleansing of the Heart
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
David was cleaning out his heart, and begged God to renew his spirit. We must review our hearts and, in prayer, remove all of our impurities: thoughts, actions, or motives. God is powerful to act on our needs and cleanse our hearts.
3. A Need for the Holy Spirit
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11
When we declutter our homes, we throw away any old, unneeded items. But some items in our homes must stay; we cannot do without them. While we toss out any impurities from our heart, we must remember not to lose our Holy Spirit that God gifted us. Our bodies belong to God, but if we do not remember to declutter, the Holy Spirit will not have a place in our hearts. We cannot forget that God’s Spirit will leave us if we do not keep our heart clean for Him.
4. Re-Evaluate How We Serve Him
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you. Psalm 51:13
David promised to serve God by teaching others the right way. David’s spirit was renewed and he felt joyous and wanted to tell the whole world about our Wonderful Creator. God always helps us, but we need to find ways of giving back to Him and showing Him that we are grateful for what He has given us. Although we all don’t realize it, we must always be helping others turn back to Christ. If we do not have a clean heart, how can we lead others to God?
5. Praise the Lord for His Mercy
Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise. Psalm 51:15
Lastly, David is eager for the Lord to “open” his lips, he wants God to put the correct words in his mouth so he can praise Him. David’s heart is content and full of joy in the Lord. We must strive for that, to have a desire to praise Him! God forgives our sins if we open our heart to Him! He holds no grudges and wants our attention.
Thoughts To Take Home
As Easter Sunday draws near and we become busy in our homes, cleaning, cooking and preparing for the holiday, we must not forget our inner cleaning. Spend some time alone with God this weekend and He will guide your heart and make you new again. Psalm 51 is a great chapter to analyze on your own time. Each time I read the passage, I find a new thought that I hadn’t considered before; the Bible really is the living word of God!