In her book Spring Cleaning, homemaker Monica Nassif wrote, “The urge arrives several weeks before it’s warm enough to open windows, on the first nice day when an extra glint of sunlight draws attention to a cobweb in a corner or a streak on the floor caused by tracked-in slush…. It’s time for spring cleaning.”1
Recommended Reading: 2 Timothy 2:14-26
Approved and Disapproved Workers
14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
For the Christian, every day is for spring cleaning—we’re to keep our hearts and lives tidy, holy, pure, clean, and fit for the Master’s use. The apostle Paul told Timothy to consider his life a “great house” to be filled with gold and silver and honorable objects (2 Timothy 2:20). Any dishonorable content was to be purged. According to Paul, we should flee youthful lusts and fill our lives with righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
Perhaps you’ve allowed discontentment to grow in the corners of your heart—attitudes like discouragement, grumbling, self-pity, or irritation. It’s time for spring cleaning. Sweep away the old, and let God furnish your life with the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Though we as Christians are like Christ, having the first fruits of the spirit, yet we are unlike him, having the remainders of the flesh.