Decluttering

Have you ever asked yourself, where did all this stuff come from? How does one person or household seem to accumulate so much stuff?

Everyone has or will move into a new place sometime in their life, some more than others. There are a few ups and downs to moving. I personally don’t necessarily enjoy packing everything. I learn that I have accumulated and may need to downsize.

I recently helped a friend move to a smaller home. She didn’t have a choice but to downsize. As she saw she was leaving behind memories, her heart tugged to keep more. She realized she had to practice self-control and just walk away from what once was and take the help that was offered.

What I consider the fun part about moving is the fresh start and decorating. As you go through the things you took, you ask yourself, where do I put that or do I need that, realizing you may not need all you took with. You get to make it your own, putting your own touch on the place to make it feel like your own. And, every once in a while, you may remember you had something and got rid of it wishing you still had it. Wondering if you should replace it, but there is an excitement that runs through you once you get the key in your hand.

“Offer your bodies as a living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1

When we offer our body-we are giving the Holy Spirit the key to a new home, allowing him to make it his own.

But, let me ask, are you allowing Him to be a tenant or an owner? Did you set boundaries as a landlord does; no painting, no holes in wall, no pets, depending on you to pay for repairs? Or did you say- It’s all yours! You are responsible for All repairs, damages, remodeling, have fun decorating…here is your house warming gift?

When we allow the Holy Spirit to be the owner, offering our bodies, he can come in paying 100% of the bill for repairs, remodeling (Now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in the knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:8-10) and decorating (Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, cloth yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord for gave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14). Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6)

There is joy in getting a new home, putting our own touches here and there. There is joy in allowing the Holy Spirit to redecorate and put his touches on our character also. So, I urge you, dear friend, to offer your body as a living sacrifice. Hand over the keys, allow Him to have full access and be out of debt by allowing Him to pay 100% of the repairs.

Growing Deeper:

Have you handed over the keys of your body to the Holy Spirit?

What in your life needs decluttering?

Is there some repairs or remodeling that need to take place?

Lord, open our eyes to see where we need to declutter our life. We hand over the keys of our shelter to You and ask that You make this Your dwelling place. Amen.

Michelle Casey

Michelle and her family live in York, NE where they are involved many areas of their church such as greeting, children’s church, missions teaching, youth leaders, and Michele just led her first Women’s Bible study. Michelle and Matthew have two daughters and have been married for fifteen years. Their family supports Tiny Hands international and Verse 11. Her favorite verse is from Proverbs 16:3, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

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