Well, with yet another snowfall accounted for, many are eager for spring to roll around. And with Spring comes the dreaded spring cleaning that we all have a tendency to need to do. Maybe it’s a closet that needs to be better organized? Perhaps you have an attic, a garage, or a basement that needs a good cleaning and sorting? Or, it may be the total package, your entire house, from top to bottom, inside and out needs a good cleaning. And when you do that spring cleaning, you are in hopes of giving everything a new look, a fresh start. And as a result, a lot of things need to be thrown away. But what about our lives, do we ever feel like we are just a bunch of throwaway junk that needs to be cleared out?
This week, I was reading an article from Our Daily Bread that shares the following thought. “In many countries, health laws prohibit reselling or reusing old mattresses. Only landfills will take them. Tim Keenan tackled the problem and today his business employs a dozen people to extract the individual components of metal, fabric, and foam in old mattresses for recycling. But that’s only part of the story. Journalist Bill Vogrin wrote, “Of all the items Keenan recycles . . . it’s the people that may be his biggest success” (The Gazette, Colorado Springs). Keenan hires men from halfway houses and homeless shelters, giving them a job and a second chance. He says, “We take guys nobody else wants.”
Luke 5:17-26 tells how Jesus healed the body and the soul of a paralyzed man. Following that miraculous event, Levi answered Jesus’ call to follow Him and then invited his fellow tax collectors and friends to a banquet in honor of the Lord. When some people accused Jesus of associating with undesirables, He reminded them that healthy people don’t need a doctor, adding, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
To everyone who feels like a “throwaway” headed for the landfill of life, Jesus opens His arms of love and offers a fresh beginning. That’s why He came!”
As we approach that time of year when we try and give our places a facelift, let’s not forget about the spiritual “spring cleaning” if you will, that needs to take place in our lives. We are not throwaways. Christ came to this earth to give us all the cleaning tools we need. His life, His teachings, His death on the cross on our behalf, and finally, His resurrection as He defeated death once and for all. That’s all that is needed this spring to really cleans ourselves, inside and out. Let’s lift our faces to Him, and clean out all the junk in our lives, and allow God to lead us into a fresh beginning with Him.