Have you ever noticed that “garage” and “garbage” are only one letter different? We have a lot of things in our garage that other people may classify as garbage and toss to the curb. So can I ask what’s hiding in your garage? And can I get even more personal and ask what’s crammed in your closets? I find that my garage as well as my closets have become reservoirs. They’re jammed with junk. Thank goodness a jumble of stuff isn’t a sin.

As a wife and mother, I do my best to keep our home tidy but, oh, the clutter that colonizes in the crevices. As I attempt to clean out a chaotic closet that I had simply avoided for months by closing the door, I am reminded of Jesus’ admonishment to the Pharisees in *Matthew 23:26: “You burnish the surface of your cups and bowls so they sparkle in the sun, while the insides are maggoty with your greed and gluttony.” The religious leaders in Jesus’ day were more concerned about making things “sparkle” on the outside rather than being clean on the inside. Jesus was more concerned about their hearts.

While I can hide junk by shutting the door on my cluttered closets, I can’t hide from God what’s in my cluttered heart. Like me, are you sometimes distracted and more meticulous about what people can see than what they can’t see? Hours each week are spent on our outward appearance and hygiene, but what about our inward spiritual health and hygiene? What do we do each day for personal growth? Are we increasing in faith and fruitfulness? Are wisdom and knowledge high on our priority list? Are we seeking God through Scripture? Are we drawing near to Him through prayer?

A quick one-sentence prayer I often pray as I clean is from Psalm 51:10:

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.”

The outward man is the most obvious to others, but the inward man is most obvious to God. He looks through the makeup and beyond the bangs. What does He see when He peeks into your heart?

The garbage in my garage

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