Do you see my office?
Do you like it?
What if I reversed time to show you what it looked like 47 minutes before hand?
Have you ever realized that allowing a room to become messy usually starts with putting one thing out of place? Perhaps you’re just about to go to bed so you throw your dirty clothes on the floor. It doesn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but as you continue to leave those articles of clothing there, your room begins to loose it’s spotlessness. And for some reason, instead of just picking those clothes off the ground and chucking them into a laundry basket, you feel hopeless and believe that your room will never see the light of day again.
So instead of putting the book you were reading back on the bookshelf, you also chuck that on the ground. And there’s no reason to put that DVD back in it’s case, so how about we just slide that on top of the DVD player. And perhaps you’ll play that guitar later so you might as well leave that out of its case. And since you already left your dirty clothes on the ground, you might as well never put any of your clothes in a laundry basket. And then when you’re looking through your dresser for new clothes, you might as well empty the clean clothes you don’t want to wear onto the ground until you find that shirt at the bottom of the drawer that you do want to wear. And since the room is already a mess, you might as well just leave everything you just emptied ground.
Then, when it comes time to find new clothes for the next day, you just might have a hard time figuring out which clothes on the ground were the clean ones and which ones were the dirty ones. But now they’re all kind of mixed together and so they have all kind of became dirty despite whatever previous state they were in. Things continue to grow sloppy in your room as your life slowly spirals into a deep pit of despair.
So now your room is a mess. It is no longer handsome and has lost that shine it once had in its younger days. There is stuff everywhere and there is just no hope that it will ever be the same again. And what if you were to take a deeper look into that stuff? After all, there’s a lot you can tell about a person by their stuff. You can see a lot about their morals and their struggles along with everything else.
What about those DVDs you left out? What are the majority of them rated? Why do they have that rating?
Or perhaps you’re a video gamer. What are the majority of those games rated? Why do they have that rating?
What kind of pictures and posters do you have on the wall? What kind of books are you reading? What kind of files are stored on your hard drive? What kind of music do you listen to?
The list goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on. There are so many things we need to check on to make sure if they should really be in our lives. But often times, we never think about it despite what Philippians 4:8 says:
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
It only makes sense that Paul would say this seeing as how God is perfect, pure, and loving. Yet, keeping these everyday things in check just isn’t a big deal to us, and because of that, so much perversion enters our lives. Kris Vallotton gave a message at Bethel Church in Redding, California and shared this little cookie of truth with his audience:
Perversion is the wrong version of the same act.
A simple yet brilliant statement. For example, perhaps like most Americans you have a phone of some sort. It’s a wonderful invention isn’t it? You can reach anyone you want to at any time you want to and communicate with them. But how often do you use your phone for gossip? How often do you tear down others by what you say on that phone? How has TV become perverted? Or how about the internet?
Many of us have also bought into this lie that all of the stuff we watch and listen to doesn’t affect who we are. But everything you watch and listen to are all chucked onto the floor of your room too, and helps to make up who you are. And it only gets worse. The more that we allow into our lives that is not true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise, the more we begin to look like something that is not God’s intention for us to look like. Certain problems become gateways to other problems and we continue to grow in ways that even we ourselves wish we didn’t.
When we allow satan the chance to screw with us, he’ll take the opportunity to do so and he will set us on a path towards destruction. He’ll help you make your room as messy as you possibly can. And so if you want to break his permission to do so, it’s incredibly important that you clean house, which only Jesus can help you do.
And I’m not talking about just packing everything away, but you might even have to go as far to throw some of your things away. And Jesus will help you do that despite how cheesy that may come across. Together, He will help you break down the permissions you gave satan to intrude in your life and together you can make your house blameless once again.
And if you’re like me, it’s incredibly difficult to focus on what I need to do in a messy room. Just like how it becomes impossible to focus on God when you have all this trash lying around.
Don’t wait for your room to become a mess.
Don’t wait to see how far you can pursue evil.
Don’t wait until you feel the pain of your actions.
Start cleaning house now.
1I will (A)sing of lovingkindness and justice,
To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.
2I will (B)give heed to the [a]blameless way
When will You come to me?
I will walk within my house in the (C)integrity of my heart.
3I will set no (D)worthless thing before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who (E)fall away;
It shall not fasten its grip on me.
4A (F)perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will know no evil.
5Whoever secretly (G)slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy;
No one who has a (H)haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.
6My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me;
He who walks in a [b](I)blameless way is the one who will minister to me.
7He who (J)practices deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who speaks falsehood (K)shall not maintain his position before me.
8(L)Every morning I will [c](M)destroy all the wicked of the land,
So as to (N)cut off from the (O)city of the LORD all those who do iniquity.