Spring has arrived! If you’re like me, you get the urge to start those annual spring cleaning projects around the house.
But if we’re honest, our homes aren’t the only places in need some deep cleaning. Just like our homes and cars need regular maintenance, so do our spiritual lives. And let’s face it, our spiritual lives impact all the other areas as well. Spring being the time for renewal is the perfect opportunity to do a clean sweep spiritually.
Let’s roll up our sleeves and get started!
Make a List
Just like you’d make a list of projects in your house, make a list of areas in your life that may need cleaning up.
- Relationship with Jesus
- Hobbies/free time
Examine Your Heart in Light of Scripture
The Bible has much to say about self-examination. Before delving into your list, read and meditate on the Scriptures below. Ask God to examine your heart and motives as you examine your list.
2 Corinthians 13:5 — “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”
1 Corinthians 11:28-29 — “Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ, eat and drink judgment on themselves.”
Lamentations 3:40 — “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.”
List What to Keep and What to Trash
As you look over your first list, take an inventory of activities, commitments, and relationships that are lacking, in excess, or preventing spiritual growth. Sometimes our lives get cluttered with old habits, useless activities, and sin. Like cleaning out our garage, we must get everything out in the open to determine what stays and what goes. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:19
A few things to look for:
- Fear, anxiety, and worry (Philippians 4:6)
- Guilt or shame (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- Anger (James 1:19-20, Ephesians 4:26-31)
- Resentment and unforgiveness (Mark 11:25-26)
- Idolatry (1Corinthians 10:14, Philippians 3:19)
- Addictions (Matthew 6:24, 1 Corinthians 6:12)
- Pride (Psalm 10:12, Isaiah 2:12)
Clean and Replenish
Once we’ve removed the clutter of sin or anything that threatens our spiritual growth, it’s time to clean and replace what will stay. This process may seem overwhelming, but God will be our guide.
- Get in the Word
The best way to grow spiritually is to spend time listening to God through the Bible. A good way to increase your retention is to journal what you read (Psalm 119:168)
- Join a Bible Study Group
Our Heavenly Father longs for us to grow spiritual fruit. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:1-2
If we stay attached to Jesus (the vine), he will help us with our spring cleaning (pruning) and guide our spiritual growth which will make future cleaning projects easier with time.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
What has God spoken to you about your own ‘spiritual spring cleaning?’ Please share below. Let’s join in prayer together as we seek to grow closer to Jesus.
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