The maid's will dust the table if it isn't covered with books, magazines and school papers. They'll vacuum the floor if it isn't covered with toys and shoes. They'll scour the sink, if it isn't full of dishes. They don't straighted up. They clean. I am still responsible for straightening up the mess, or the cleaning won't be fully done.
Jesus died on the cross to clean up the sin in our lives. Through him we are washed clean as snow! But we are still responsible for straighten up the "mess." That means we need to look at our lives. What things are still messing up your life? There are so many things, big or small. Addictions to soap operas, romance novels, chocolate, alcohol, and drugs are all possible. Even addiction to the Internet. The Bible says anything we put before God can be an idol. Do I put my TV and computer time before my "God time."
Jesus cleans up the stains of our sin, and better than the maids he wants to help us straighted up our lives. First we should pray about what clutter needs to be removed. Then clean it up! Gossip, bitterness, lack of self-control...Jesus isn't going to leave you alone to do the work. He's here to help. But you have to shoulder some of the work too.
Get busy straightening up your messes today with God's help. Jesus will make sure you're
Psalm 51:2 -- Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
Matthew 8:2-3 -- A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.
Matthew 23:25, 26 -- Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.