Cleanliness is next to Godliness? Who says so?

Hearing that phrase always confused me. Why is being clean, next to being Godly? That doesn’t even make sense. I mean, God made dirt, didn’t He? Aside from the 2nd grade logic of God made dirt so dirt can’t hurt, I couldn’t understand why these OCD put it in a folder people wanted inflict their lifestyle on us clutter and pile organized people. My argument was always like, Hey, now that my room is clean, I can’t find anything!

If you have felt this way before, or remotely along the same lines, this devotional is for you. Going through life, I have found that it’s easy to be lazy. It’s enjoyable to be freed from organizing everything. But organization, and cleaning require discipline. And discipline requires crucifing your flesh. Every time we discipline ourselves, we teach ourselves to do something that we don’t want to do. After a while, when you develop a habit of doing something that is good, whether or not you want to, it becomes easy to do right.

Proverbs 22:29 reads, Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. God tells us that when we are diligent, we will be recognized. If we decide to work hard, and not be lazy, we will be rewarded.

Galatians 5:24 says, And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Clutter and messiness normally comes from a lazy and sloppy person. Doing the easy thing, and allowing yourself to be unorganized is sucumbing to your flesh, the flesh you are supposed to crucify!

I challenge you, make an effort to be diligent. Make an effort to organize yourself. If we decide to obey in the little things of being organized, then we’ll find that it’s easier to obey God in the big things. Crucifying the flesh is a command from God. Let’s make a decision to stand against laziness and clean up our lives.

BTW: when your place is clean, you’ll find it easier to think clearly too!


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