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Taking Time to Dust

by Joanna Pierce on April 27, 2016

Children all across the globe dread the day when they’re told to clean their room. The activity of organizing, dusting, and purging isn’t a joyful task. Thankfully, for most, the ill-request doesn’t occur all that often. Most of the time it’s ordered due to punishment (frequency may differ here for some), and at other times it’s requested out of pure necessity. The dust thickness, overwhelming stench of dirty socks, or piles of stuff everywhere in the room is just too great to ignore. If you need to hedge out a pathway to walk from the door to your bed, it might be time to clean your room…

As a child, I did a good job keeping my room in order most of the time. It was the dusting I had a problem with. If my mother could write “dust me” on any surface of my room (without using a pen), I knew I was in for an ordeal if I didn’t heed the message engraved within the dust mites. A verbal request was not to follow.

Dusting sprees typically occurred once a month, which should have been more frequent for someone with year-round allergies. But, the dust cloths, furniture polish, Windex, and whatever else, came out briefly to clean away all the grime, dirt, and overall nastiness from my room. Then, as is the nature of dust, the build-up process started all over again.

When we think about our human nature, it is one that’s constantly blemished and tarnished by sin (Romans 3:23). It’s a constant battle to keep ourselves clean. Depending upon where we are in our walk with God, we too could have a build-up of dust, grime, filth, guck—you name it—in our life. Sadly, we live among the dust-bunnies of sin instead of reaching for the duster.

We could be ignorant to know how to clean up the grime in our life, what tools to use, and where to get them. Maybe, we know how to “clean house,” but are too lazy to do so. Or, maybe we honestly think we lack the time to do a little sprucing up.

Is our buildup of sin so great that God’s writing in the mire of our lives, urging us to take time to clean? God doesn’t want us to wait until we have mounds of sin in our life before we make the decision to “dust.” When you see the first speck of dust, it’s time to clean! It’s God’s desire that we repent immediately and ask for forgiveness. We must prioritize our daily time alone with the Lord (in prayer) (I Corinthians 15:31)—as well as maintain a prayerful mindset throughout the day (I Thessalonians 5:17) —so we can seek Him, and ask Him to help us clean house.

By taking the time to repent and ask God for forgiveness, those who have been bought by the Blood of the Lamb (I Peter 1:19) will have His blood applied. Their sin stains will be washed as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18)—all evidence of dust eliminated from their life.

God doesn’t want to be the “parent” who has to come into His child’s room, and etch reminders in our dust. He’s bought the cleaning mechanisms to keep us living in a clean, dirt free environment. We need to use them!

Let’s not take the blood of Jesus for granted today. He paid the ultimate price with His life so we could be free from sin. When we’re baptized in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38) and have every sin removed from our life, God wants to keep us that way. We don’t have to live in a dusty state today, tomorrow, or any other day. When those dust particles start to float into our life, seek the “Master Cleaner,” and be wiped clean—inside and out!