I have been doing some cleaning lately, not only at home, but also helping a friend getting ready to move. Sweeping is essential to getting any house clean.
I have hardwood floors in about half of my house. It is amazing to me the amount of debris I can sweep up in my house every single day, or twice a day with only me in it. Where does it all come from?
I have decided that carpeted floors get the same amount of dust, lint, and other bits of debris, but they don’t always show up as much because they get down in the carpet fibers. It is possible to sweep hardwood floors clean, mop, dust, steam clean, or all of those and if a single person has been outside or in the basement, they will track particles back onto the floor with their shoes.
Our lives are like that with sin. We can repent before God and make things as right as we know how to make them, swept clean, but there will be little things that try to reattach to us at the first opportunity. Perhaps the debris that gets into our spirits is as small as an angry word, a scowl, repeating information about someone, or just neglecting to take time with God in each day. If we are diligent to sweep those things out on a daily basis, they don’t get out of control. If we fail to keep the cleaning process going, it doesn’t take long for the dirt to accumulate.
The Bible has something to say on almost any topic a person might imagine. There is a verse about brooms: Isaiah 14:23 says, “”I will turn her into a place for owls and into swampland; I will sweep her with the broom of destruction,” declares the LORD Almighty.”
I Peter 2:1 says, “So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk.”
We all have need of a good sweeping on a regular basis.