This is a picture of my steam mop AFTER I cleaned all my surfaces inside my house the other day. It was so disgusting because it had been perfectly pristine white. The picture doesn’t even show how dingy and black it really was. I felt really good after cleaning everything but it took me awhile to get in the “mopping mode.” I didn’t plan on cleaning that morning, but I got up and the sun was shining all over the floor exposing the hidden dirt and spots and I just couldn’t stand it any longer. I started in the larger grimy areas but then there were rugs, furniture and plants that needed to be moved. UGHH!! This was turning into a project when I just wanted a quick solution!
I had a decision to make. Was I going to just clean the parts that were the most obvious or was I going to move everything and and “really” clean? Did I have the time? Did I want to? NO!! I proceeded the task by moving area to area and then I fully SURRENDERED, I made a decision to just do it all. By the time I was finished, I was hot, sweaty and feeling pretty good about it. I knew all the dirt was gone, even under the rugs and behind furniture. I could proudly say, it was ALL clean.
Since we have been talking about purging from my last post, I am sure you know where this is headed. At times, I get my best inspiration doing ordinary tasks and God spoke to me loud and clear as I was pushing that steam mop around. I think it was a new kind of morning devotion for me. Just the day before in my Gideon study from Judges 6, God had been speaking to me about surrender and full-out obedience. FYI the reason Gideon was called to lead Israel against the feared Midianites is because another leader hadn’t fully surrendered and “purged” the land as God had called them too earlier. He was the man for the job according to God. Israel was under such horrible oppression overrun by the enemy that they were in hiding and they cried out to God in their distress. MInd you, their distress was a result of their partial obedience earlier. Keep that in mind as you read on.God in His mercy had a plan and He sent them Gideon. But first, Gideon had to purge the idols and practices from his own family, closest to home, he had to clean house so to speak. He had to move the furniture, aka the altar of Baal in his own father’s family. He was scared, he was afraid, but it was the first step to conquering the enemy. He had to surrender closest to home first. He had to “purge” which meant moving the furniture around.
The lesson is this, many times I believe I am fully surrendered to God, but I don’t move the furniture because I’m in a hurry and I don’t want to take the time. I do the outward, feel good, okay, I’m surrendered, sure God method. Friends, let me tell you, we need to take the time to do it God’s way the first time! I wasn’t sure I wanted to dive into the whole project of cleaning ALL my floors but once I got started and took small steps, it came easier. I think that is how we surrender to God and purge unwanted dirt and debris of sin from our lives. We start small. We move one piece of furniture at a time and clean under that area and then move to the next. God is patient, He is merciful and He is faithful. He works with us and our willingness, He gives grace and oh such incredible lovingkindness to us when we just start moving the very first piece of furniture to clean under.
Here’s a verse that came out of the study this week that made me think about I don’t need to move the junk by myself in my heart. Psalm 138:3 “On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.” You and I just have to call out to Him, take the first step, move the first small piece of furniture and God will increase our strength to do the final job of cleaning and purging towards surrender. Here’s to more purging!!