This Saturday, April 9th, we are having a Spring Cleaning Day @ The Ridge. It isn’t often that we get this opportunity, being a portable church, to have empty trailers. With Spring Break this week, we have the opportunity to leave all of our stuff set up at the school. Therefore, we can work on our trailers, clean them out of the extra stuff that tends to accumulate and use our empty trailers to cledan out our storage unit.
The storage unit! That’s another story. What a mess that tends to become. Well, we are gonna take some time this Saturday morning to get to cleaning. We are meeting at Austin Middle School at 9am. If you are a Ridger and can join us, please do so…even if it is for just a little while. We’ll be done no later than noon. If you have questions or want to let us know you are coming call the church office at 678-838-4549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
BUT that’s not so much what this post is really about.
All this talk about cleaning out and cleaning up, got me thinking about what we’ve been studying @ The Ridge these last few months. This Sunday we will end our Take A Hike series. This has been an awesome study on The Sermon On The Mount that Jesus preached in Matthew 5-7. It has been quite a hike, but I believe God has revealed much in our hearts that needs to be cleaned out and much in His Word that we now have a fresh perspective about.
I know that there has been much in my own heart that He is doing by way of “spring cleaning.” I also know that He has done much in the lives of many people in His church in the same way. The question is, what will we do with what He has done?
I know that on many occasions, my wife will tackle our kids’ rooms with a “deep cleaning” that is much needed. It will look great when she is done. However, as with most kids, it doesn’t take long for it to get messed up again…even though she’ll say, “Now let’s try to not let get like that again.” They try to stay on top of it, but they are kids and it just seems to happen. If you are a parent, you know what I mean. The mess mysteriously accumulates until it is in need of a deep cleaning again.
Our hearts are constantly in need of cleaning. 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That is something that we must continually do. That is why I’m so thankful for grace. In his classic little story My Heart Christ’s Home, Robert Munger challenges and convicts us with this whole concept of Christ cleaning out our hearts and then taking ownership. I love this story. If you have never read it, or if you have, read it HERE.
What might God want to do in your life in the area of some “spring cleaning”? We all need to let Christ constantly clean areas of our heart, reveal areas of sin, pride, selfishness, idolatry. Then after He’s done, listen to his admonition to “go and sin no more,” when He says, “Now, lets try and not let it get in this mess again.” Walk in His truth daily, dealing with sin as it happens, and watch Him transform your heart. He doesn’t jsut want to change your perspective, but change your life and use you to change a generation!
Let’s allow Him to do some Spring Cleaning.