What does it mean to be clean and why is it important? Clean is defined as: free from dirt, marks, or stains. Or as: morally uncontaminated; pure; innocent.
Sometimes the word clean scares us. Well at least it does some of us. So… what does hearing this word do to you?
In order to really tackle this thing, first we need to wrestle with some of our antiquated ideas about cleanliness.
Have you ever heard the phrase: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”? Do you believe that is true?
Let’s look at an example of a cluttered room or disorganized home. Do you believe that someone can flourish in that environment, meaning, still have a relationship with God. Have you witnessed this in action?
How about our bodies? Have you seen someone, that may have skipped a couple of showers still able to manage daily activities and remain faithful?
Maybe at times? … Perhaps cleanliness doesn’t mean what we think as it relates to “Godliness.” And yet we still tend to get a bit uneasy when hearing words related to cleanliness at times.
Perhaps cleanliness is not just about purity or innocence, but more about having a clear or emptied spirit and mind to receive these things. Acting as if life holds before us a blank canvas everyday. It’s just easier for God to create something out of nothing than to ask Him to try and create something out of … something. In this case, a mess.
Is there anything that we are holding onto that is muddying up the truth of our present or vision of the future?
A change in perspective could be what is needed. Maybe cleanliness is not as close to Godliness as we think… but rather it’s God that is close to cleanliness.
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