Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. 2 Corinthians 6:17
As Believers, our lifestyles are to reflect Christ’s character; Jesus’ every thought, prayers, miracles, and interactions with others honored God, His Father. The Son of God was obedient even unto death. Choosing a life of humility, suffering, and dying on a cross was for you, and it was for me.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Romans 12:1
What can we offer God? In our present state of sinful rebellion, we are unable to seek after righteousness and live holy lives. A Spiritual Spring Cleaning is necessary to rid ourselves of the clutter inside of our hearts and minds. Let us apply the same method to our lives that we use to clean our homes of unnecessary items. We must make a change by separating ourselves from unbelievers and giving up all habits, desires, and lifestyle choices that fail to honor God.
Jesus’ death was for the redemption of our sins. He is preparing to give us a new home, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? John 14:1-2.
It is a daily struggle to do good, to make the right choices, to speak loving words, to possess a tender heart, and to honor God. To those who by perseverance in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, He will give eternal life. Romans 2:7. Good deeds do not ensure us eternal life, we cannot earn salvation. We do good because we love God and when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we possess the Fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22,23.
God knows that we are unable to overcome without His help; therefore, we have been given spiritual reinforcements in the battle of life. We have a spiritual team, God the Father, Jesus his Son, the Holy Spirit, and ministering angels to assist us. All we have to do is pray and ask for help. Our part is to give Him our entire heart, to obey, trust, and faithfully believe His promises. No temptation has overtaken you, except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Let go of the cobwebs of your past mistakes, get rid of the excess baggage of holding grudges, downsize your social circle, identify the lifestyle choices of idol worship, and throw them away. Pray and ask God to reveal everything that needs to be discarded to serve Him with your whole heart. It feels great to live in a clean home; however, a clean heart enables us to reap the benefits of God’s peace and blessings.
Do not give up! In a little while, we will have a new home to live in forever and ever. Amen.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.” Revelation 21:1-3
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020