Springtime often brings with it an overwhelming desire to throw out the old, polish the dull, wipe down the dusty and organise the messy. The practice of spring cleaning is reputed to go back to the biblical feast of Passover when the Israelites had to wipe away any trace of leavened bread for the length of the celebration. (Read the story here) The Jewish houses were cleaned top to bottom, and this practice has filtered through countries and communities over time with maybe less or no spiritual significance.
Have you ever thought that maybe your heart required a Spring Clean? Could it do with a bit of a cobweb clearing or a bit of a buff? Let’s look at some ways you could do just that.
1. Pick up and dust off your Bible daily
This is one discipline that I can not emphasise enough, and I do not mean when you read the bible to your children or read a page in your devotion book. Pick up your Bible and delve deeply into it. Bible Journaling changed my faith life for the better and if you want to know more about that you can read my post about it here.
2. Follow a Bible Plan
My favourite is the one from Navigators.org. Choose a bible book each month and read through it. Don’t forget that ALL scripture is profitable! 2 Timothy 3:16
3. Pray regularly, without ceasing and use a Prayer Journal
The idea is to keep a notebook/diary of who/what you have prayed for. You can also note down your prayer points in the Know Him Journals as well. James 4:8
4. Join a Bible Study Group
There is nothing like studying God’s word with other Christians. Commit to going for the rest of the year. Ps 119:105
5. Clean up your bookshelves, throw out the crap.
If there are books on your shelves that you wouldn’t lend to your pastor, throw them out. Sexually explicit, books that celebrate the vanity of society, books from false teachers. 1 Corinthians 10:31
6. Unfriend/ Unfollow those FB pages that you know are not God Honouring
Go through who you follow and what pages you follow and cull the rubbish. Have a look at this post I wrote a few months ago on this topic. There are some really trashy pages under the guise of ‘Mummy Bloggers’ out there. You have no place in following them if you call yourself a Christian. Romans 12:2
7. Cull those Bad Habits
If you know there is something in your life that is holding you back from a closer relationship with God, commit to working on that bad habit or sin. Talk about it with someone you trust and ask them to hold you accountable. Ask that person to pray for you. Ephesians 4:22-24
Fling open those windows, shake out those rugs and hold onto your hat. Follow one, two or all seven of my ideas on how to give your heart a spring clean. Maybe you have some ideas on how you can transform your heart this Spring, I’d love you to share them here.
It is comforting to remember that our God is a forgiving Father who gives second chances and who is patient with us, but His patience will run out when we choose to remain hoarders of bad habits, neglectful believers and lazy keepers of the faith.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints… Ephesians 6:10-18