CLEAN UP THINE HOUSE AND GET RID OF THAT CLUTTER, CHRISTIAN!

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CLEAN UP THINE HOUSE AND GET RID OF THAT CLUTTER, CHRISTIAN!

In some of our homes, we’ve got a lot of stuff, and A LOT OF STUFF THAT WE DON’T NEED! I’ve been talking with a few friends about clutter and de-junking the house. How do we decide what to purge? After we’ve thrown out the garbage, how do we decide what to keep and what to give to Goodwill? How do we use the material blessings which the Lord has given us without beginning to “lay up for ourselves treasures upon earth”? [Matt 6:19]

There are loads of books out there on how do de-clutter, organize, and purge, but few of them offer a biblical perspective. The motives that we often hear for de-cluttering are to create a calm personal space, to make room for the new, to aid the flow of positive energy, etc. If you haven’t used it for a year, you’re supposed to throw it out, according to the organizational gurus. But THERE ARE BIBLICAL REASONS AND MOTIVES FOR GETTING RID OF STUFF YOU DON’T USE – AND EVEN SOME STUFF THAT YOU DO.

First, getting rid of excess stuff frees you to other things. Stuff requires that we keep track of it and care for it. Getting rid of extra stuff means that we have less material things to think about and care for, and more time and energy to serve. Instead of storing and cleaning an extensive collection of (china plates, baby clothes, old textbooks, etc.), we have that time to serve. Stuff is often a distraction from the things of God and the service of God. While we do have to live with some things (some clothing, for instance, or pots and pans) and spend time caring for them, stuff that is taking extra time and energy from the things of the Lord needs to go.

Second, getting rid of extra stuff makes your home a tool of service. A home that is cluttered (often a symptom of disorganization) is not a place which is restful to its occupants, available for hospitality, or a witness to a world that is watching to see how other-worldly people live on earth. A de-cluttered home is partly an expression and witness that we are willing and able to serve.

THIRD, GETTING RID OF STUFF CAN BLESS OTHERS. Things that you do not use, that you only use occasionally, or even things that you do use but could do without, could bless someone who actually needs them. Those items can go, too. I had been storing bins and bins of kid’s clothes in case I ever need them. Maybe I will need them again, but in the meantime, I know other children who could put them to good and immediate use. It’s good to ask if someone else would be more fruitful with an item in question, or if they need it: “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” (James 2:14-16).

Things like your wedding dress or another personal, irreplaceable item can stay – pictures of your great-grandmother are probably not going to be a blessing to someone else, anyway. And there is a place for owning some things just because they are beautiful and bring us daily joy. But even then, we need to examine our motives. Why do we cling to a particular thing that is going to burn in the end anyway? Sometimes we keep something because it will bring our children or grandchildren joy (perhaps some financial gain) years from now. Sometimes we want to be able to see a certain item (like our grandfather’s cane, or our first pair of shoes) that brings back memories connected to landmark events in our past.

BUT OFTEN, I FIND MYSELF CLINGING TO STUFF WITH NO OTHER REASON THAN MATERIALISM! I love stuff, so it’s hard to throw it out. Scripture has some serious warning for me: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (I John 2:15). Throwing out stuff helps me to wean myself from this world and focus on spiritual realities. One line from Luther’s hymn has been particularly helpful to me as I seek to pare down my earthly possessions: “Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also.”

This doesn’t mean that we have to live in stark, monastic settings. But it does mean that we need to view our possessions in light of eternity, using them for God’s glory and love for others. All the stuff I have is just stuff – a stewardship of temporal blessings. Is it weighing down my soul and fruitfulness? Am I using it for eternal good? “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-20). Amen!

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3 thoughts on “CLEAN UP THINE HOUSE AND GET RID OF THAT CLUTTER, CHRISTIAN!

  1. DEAR MIKE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR EMAIL,MAY GOD GIVE ME THE GRACE TO OBEY HIM.AT TIMES I WANT TO RUN AWAY AND NEVER LOOK BACK BUT GOD WILL NOT LET ME.PRAISE THE LORD JESUS,I FOUND MRS ENGLISH ROSE AND GEORGE,WOW WHAT A GIFT FROM GOD THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN TO ME.WANTED TO SHARE ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO WE SOLD OUR 2 STORY HOUSE ALONG WITH SEVERAL ACRES OF LAND,WE BOUGHT A SMALL 1 BEDROOM CAMPER,I FEEL SO FREE FROM THIS STUFF,THAT I SO USED TO LOVE.I WEPT AS WE PULLED AWAY FROM THE HOUSE BECAUSE I HAD LIVED SO WORLDLY FOR SO MANY YEARS BUT OF COURSE WHAT WHAT ELSE COULD A DEAD RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITE DO? 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST HE IS A NEW CREATION,OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY BEHOLD ALL YES ALL THINGS BECOME NEW.I AM CALLED TO BE HOLY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD ENPOWERS ME TO DO SO.THIS WORLD PASSING AWAY AND THE LUST OF IT BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF MY FATHER ABIDETH FOREVER.GRACE LEADS TO OBEDIENCE,STRIVING,MORTIFYING MY FLESH DAILY.SEEKING TO LOVE AND OBEY ALL THE FATHER HAS COMMANDED YES HIS LAW,THE COMMANDMENTS,TOO MANY GRACE TEACHERS ARE LEADING PEOPLE TO NEVER EXAMINE THEMSELVES TO SEE IF THEY BE IN THE FAITH AND MANY WILL END UP IN HELL ON JUDGMENT DAY READ JUDE,.LUKE 9 VERSE 23 A CROSS DAILY AND SELF DENIAL AND FOLLOWING AFTER CHRIST AMONG ALL THIS WORLDINESS AND FALSE TEACHING IS A FIGHT,A WAR.THE WORLD,THE FLESH.AND DEVIL ARE THE ENEMIES.BUT GODS COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT BURDENSOME,I WANT TO PLEASE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,I AM NOT CONTENT WHEN I DONT,BUT CHRIST IS MY HOPE.FOR HE KEPT THE LAW PERFECTLY,WHAT A LORD WE SERVE.I AM STILL IN AWE THAT GOD CHOSE ME FROM BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD,NOT BECAUSE OF ME BUT BECAUSE GOD DOES ALL THINGS FOR HIS OWN GLORY.HALLELUIAH JESUS CHRIST HAS SAVED ME FROM MY SINS,NOW I MUST STRIVE TO BECOME MORE LIKE MY MASTER FOR HE ALONE IS WORTHY.MAY GOD STRENTHEN US THIS YEAR TO SUFFER MORE FOR CHRIST,IF WE SPEAK UP AND SHARE THE TRUE GOPEL AND LOVE RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITES ENOUGH TO CHALLENGE THEM WE WILL SUFFER MUCH.WHEN WE SHOW THEM FROM GODS WORD THAT GOD LOVES HIS SHEEP AND HATE GOATS THEY WILL SEEM TO WANT TO KILL YOU,BUT MANY MARTYRS HAVE GONE BEFORE US.FAMILY SEEMS TO BE MY BIGGEST ENEMIES,THEY HAVE ALL PLAYED CHURCH MOST OF THEIR LIVES AND THEY DONT WANT ME AROUND,BUT I DONT WANT TO BE AROUND THEM,I STRUGGLE WITH WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE SHARED OVER AND OVER AND THEY WILL NOT LISTEN,SHOULD I SHAKE THE DUST OFF AND PRAY GODS WILL BE DONE?I CANT BE AROUND PEOPLE FOR LONG WHO DONT WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.I AM THE BABY OF 10 CHILDREN,MY MOTHER,FAHER AND 3 BROTHERS HAVE DIED AND WENT TO HELL.MIKE PLEASE PRAY FOR ME MY AUNT DIED FRIDAY,SHE WENT TO HELL,MYSTEPMOTHER,STEP GRANDMOTHER AND STEP BROTHER IN LAW ALL DIED IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS 3 GENERATIONS AND ALL OF THEM WENT TO HELL.I HAD TO LEAVE THE FUNERALS WHEN THE PREACHER GOT UP LYING SAYING WE WILL SEE THEM IN HEAVEN.I CANT TOLERATE THESE THINGS ANY MORE,NOW EVERYBODY SITTING THERE THINK THEY ARE ALL GOING TO HEAVEN BUT MANY WILL HAVE A RUDE AWAKENING IN HELL.WE HAVE GOT TO STAND UP AND TELL THE TRUTH OR THEIR BLOOD WILL BE ON OUR HANDS ONE DAY.PEOPLE MUST SEE THEIR SINS,THEY MUST SEE THEMSELVES AS GOD SEES THEM,DESERVING OF GODS HOLY WRATH FOR SIN.GOD IS HOLY AND ONLY THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN RAISE THEM FROM THEIR SPIRITUAL DEATH,MAY GOD BE GLORIFIED AS HE ALWAYS DOES WHAT IS RIGHT.I HAVE HAVING TROUBLE WITH E MAILING PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR SUCH A LONG E MAIL ON THIS SITE.JUST LISTENED TO A SERMON BY CHALAN HERINGTON ON ROMANS CHAPTER 6,WHAT A BLESSING,MANY GRACE TEACHERS WHO ARE ANTINOMIAN WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED BY THIS,BUT I BELIEVE IN GRACE THAT LEADS TO HOLINESS,YES A HOLY LIFE A DUTY TO FULFILL MATTHEW CHAPTER 28 AS THE LORD HIMSELF COMMAND HIS DISCIPLES TO DO THESE THINGS.WHAT A JOY TO BE A CHILD OF THE KING,MAY YOUR FAMILY GROWIN HOLINESS THIS YEAR,MAY GOD GIVE US GRACE TO CONTEND AND GROW.JESUS CHRIST IS MY LORD.THANK YOU LORD JESUS.PAULA SAULS,A LOST SHEEP FOUND.OH MOST FAMILY MEMEBERS HAVE BEEN GIVEN A.W.PINKS THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD,BAKER HOUSE PUBLICATIONS,MY HUSBAND GAVE THEM THE BOOKS A FEW MONTHS AGO.NONE OF HIS FAMILY KNOW ABOUT ALL OF HIS WICKEDNESS,HE IS STILL PRETENDING,NOW HE VISITS AND DOESNT TAKE ABOUT CHRIST.MAY GOD BE GLORIFIED IN WHATEVER HE DOES.FOR HE ALONE IS WORTHY.LOVE TO YOUR FAMILY,WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOU ALL.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I used to want to keep stuff thinking I might need it until I realized that I could be a blessing to others and God would be glorified in giving to others and if I needed anything God would make a way when I reach out.

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