Why do we go out into the world? Yes, we are commanded to by Jesus’ words in Acts 1. We are commanded in Matthew 28 to go and make disciples of ALL nations. Yet it isn’t hard to put faces to the command once we step out into another place and see who God has placed before us.
For the Abaco trip we met Willy, Vince, Jenny, Jessica and others who were blessed to know other people are thinking about them and willing to help sift through their “mess”. After 18 months of sitting in the weather, the team walked into the home and started cleaning everything out. Nothing was left. Such symbolism for our own lives. Let us stop ignoring the sins that are going on in our lives. The addictions, the gossip, the anger, the way we treat our spouse or children, laziness, complacency, critical spirit or how we treat Christ outside of Sunday morning. Whatever is in your “house”, heart, that needs some serious renovation – I pray you start the process of getting the mess cleaned up by admitting the need and talking with someone.
Get rid of it – sure it isn’t comfortable, but it is necessary. Just like the squatter who was living in the triplex before we arrived – leaving part of our lives that isn’t glorifying to God, that is stuck in sin – you better believe there will be someone who moves in (the enemy) and as the days turn into years it will be harder and harder to get the mess cleaned up.
Let us spring clean our hearts. So how do we do that?
1 – Pray about God revealing areas of your life that you need to clean.
2 – Talk to Pastor Andy, myself or one of the elders to pray with you
3 – Read the Bible – start with John – then Romans and Galatians
4 – Have others in our life that will talk to you about the progress – hold you
accountable and continually journey with you.
NewLife, as a family you DO NOT have to journey through the mess of life alone. Even as a pastor I don’t have everything together – but I have learned I need others. No matter where we are in the journey let us walk together and get our rooms cleaned out. Just like Jessica's house, seeing the house so clean she is ready for the next step in her journey, excited about the next steps, and hopeful about the transformation. You will feel the same too! Let's get to work!