“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”Revelation 3:20 NLT
What if Jesus was really standing there knocking at your door. Would you care about what your house looked like? Or would you be more concerned with what your heart looked like?
Of course, if you know him, then you would answer that you would be much more concerned with the condition of your heart at that moment. If you don’t know him, have never studied his word, or haven’t talked to him in prayer lately, you might have been misguided to the perception that he would care about the physical surroundings and judge your worthiness upon them. But no sister, he wouldn’t.
He would look into your eyes, and see the depths of your soul. He would love you right that second with a grace-filled love. Then he would sit down without bothering to brush the crumbs the kids left in the chair from breakfast. He would insist on helping you make a homemade meal from whatever was in the kitchen. Then, as the verse above states, he would sit down as your friend and share the meal you prepared together. His gaze would not wander to the food splashed on the baseboards at your feet that you haven’t gotten around to scrubbing yet. He would be so intently focused on your conversation and hearing your heart expressed that he wouldn’t notice the dirty blinds on the window that need attention. Oh, what an amazingly full and joyous visit that would be!
I bring this visual to you, sweet sisters, because we are halfway through our 4 week spring cleaning bible study series. I don’t know where you are on your journey. You may be like me, right on track heart-wise in your study book, feeling cleansed and refreshed, but a little behind on the house cleaning. Or you may be breezing through the house cleaning but having trouble getting in the habit of praying while cleaning, feeling kind of distant from Jesus. Or maybe, you are right on track. Your cleaning list is up to date and you’re in constant conversation with Jesus in the midst of a home that is sparkling. Way to go!
Wherever you are on this journey to a clean heart and a clean home, remember that Jesus is most concerned with the cleanliness of your heart. His blood has the power to wash off the deepest, set-in stains. The ones that you thought were utterly hopeless so you placed a perfectly staged pillow to cover them. Those are the ones he would touch and heal if you saw him face to face today.
This afternoon, with a “magic eraser” and nail polish remover, I scrubbed away nail polish splotches on my bathroom counter and floor from my little girls. I banned them from any use of nail polish. Ever. Now my bathroom floor is clean. Like it never even happened. I prayed for them while the chemicals tore the skin on my fingertips. Oh I could have been so mad. But instead, it was an opportunity for God’s grace to cover my precious little mini-women. This is what I love about this journey. Every dirty, greasy, stain is an opportunity for prayer, thankfulness, and a fresh start; that you can actually see with your eyes as your hands make your house clean, and Jesus makes your heart clean!
So keep praying and scrubbing sisters! We are halfway there.