Let’s face it. It’s inevitable.
That time of the week that we do some thorough house cleaning, followed by the monthly extreme clean, and coming soon: the dreaded spring cleaning!
At various times we reassess and reorganize and re-clean what has already been done before.
It’s a necessity; a byproduct of our congested, cluttered, and comfortably busy lifestyle.
The same is true of our spiritual life as well.
There are valuables that we sometimes misplace (or forget about) such as our time, relationships, marriage, joy, and faith, that oftentimes are replaced by invaluable items that clutter our lives both physically and spiritually.
In essence, we box up the blessings and jut out the junk.
We must make an effort to reassess and reorganize all of the clutter that takes up space in our daily life in order for God to have His proper place.
This past Sunday, I had the privilege of illuminating this message from Genesis 13.
The story of Abram and Lot parting ways, the TV show Hoarders, as well as personal items from my own storage shed all culminated together into a message that revealed some things in each of our lives needing to be restored to its proper place that our hoarded junk is now presiding over.
Like us today, Abram had many responsibilities and demands that could’ve cluttered his time, relationships, marriage, joy and even his faith.
But, he knew the key to keeping everything in its proper place was by bringing it before the Lord.
Abram built tents wherever he went. His home was made of cloth, never permanent.
He was always ready to go if God called him to.
Yet, he always built an altar made of stone wherever he went as well; a permanent place to worship God and “cast his cares” upon the Lord.
In this message, we are challenged to recognize what things are “tents” in our lives that can easily be removed in order to serve God, and also what are “altars,” those permanent things such as our time, marriage, faith, etc. that should constantly be laid before the Lord.
When we do this He can clear the clutter, replace what has been misplaced, and unbox the blessings He’s had for us all along.
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