I moved into a smaller house, and enjoy it very much. It only takes an hour and a half to completely clean! The problem is, I’ll confess, I don’t take that hour and a half. I look around and think it’s so much easier to do that I’ll just catch up later.
Housekeeping has never been a favorite activity. But an hour and a half a week would be so simple. And because the space is smaller and I have less stuff, I’m less distracted by the little things-the drawer that needs organized or the spare rooms I never knew what I wanted to do with. And still I procrastinate.
It’s the same spiritually. Jesus has made life in him so simple. I only have to receive what he freely offers by faith. Yet it becomes easy to put off the “cleaning”-to let go of little things that hinder my relationship with Him. It becomes simple to overlook this or that, thinking I’ll tackle it later. The difference is, He’s standing there offering to do it. All I have to do is allow him to do it. And maybe that’s part of the problem. Letting Him do it means letting Him in, letting Him see the dusty corners and the dirty dishes, and letting go of the fear that he will see the box of clutter that should have been thrown out but might have something useful in it.
There’s an old question that teachers sometimes ask, “What person from history would you like to eat dinner with?” It was always easy to say, “Jesus.” But going to dinner with someone is different than inviting them into your home. Would we be willing to let him come in, if he stood knocking on our doors today? He is…