There’s a show on TV called “Hoarders.” It’s about people who just accumulate junk and they never get rid of it. Their homes are filled with piles of trash so high that the only creatures who can navigate around the house are roaches and rats. The show is both sad and disgusting, but on a spiritual level, I think a lot of us live our lives as “hoarders.”
We don’t mean to become hoarders; it can just naturally happen over time until one day, we’re buried under a pile of junk. We’ve got to be willing to clear away negative things that are taking up space to make room for new things that will bring peace back into our lives. In Colossians Chapter 3, the Bible paints a picture of some of the “junk” that needs to be removed that’s taking up too much space in our minds, hearts and lives:
“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” Colossians 3:8
We can’t get rid of this kind of junk by throwing it in a garbage bag. We need to pray for God’s to remove it and we need to be willing to drastically change our attitudes, behaviors and decisions to push the remnants of these negative things out of our lives. Once they start to clear away, it’s time to bring in new things to replace them, and just a few verses later, the Bible tells us what those new things should be…
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
These aren’t things we can pick up at the mall. Again, we need to ask God to fill our lives with these attributes and be diligent in our efforts to hold onto them. We must allow God’s Word to renew our minds and give us a new way of thinking that leads to a new way of living.
Keep in mind that this isn’t a one-time process. The negative clutter has a tendency to keep working its way into our lives, so this should be a lifestyle pattern of clearing out the old (negative stuff) and making room for the new (positive stuff).
Don’t let yourself get buried by sin. Let’s God’s Grace sweep through your life and replace that junk with Joy.