Spring has finally come (hopefully to stay!) here in Texas.
Yesterday was a gorgeous day. The birds were out making new friends, twittering and jabbering, singing praises to the Creator—the one who imagined Spring in the first place. Since it was such a beautiful day the kids and I spent the afternoon cleaning the house. We opened up all the blinds and my little seven year old helper washed the insides of the windows.
Our kitchen takes the brunt of the homeschooling mess, it’s a happy mess, but still, clutter makes me nutty. So, after a few hours of scrubbing and sweeping and mopping and organizing, the kitchen was finally looking spic and span. By then, the sun had traveled its usual path across the sky and was now shining full force through my west-facing kitchen windows.
Those sparkly-clean windows now looked terrible! The bright light had illuminated a winter’s worth of grime on the outside and my poor daughter was sad that all her hard work seemed wasted.
I got to thinking about how those windows are a bit like the Christian life. All of us have struggles that we deal with on a daily basis, and there are days when I feel more victorious over those struggles than others. I feel like I’ve got my windows clean and the floors scrubbed, but then, if I open up the blinds and am vulnerable to the bright light of God’s word, He illuminates all the other gunk that I’ve tried to hide and I see just how much farther I have to go in becoming more like Christ.
We have work to do, we are told to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12). And since we are saved through faith only through the precious blood of Christ, then what does this mean? It means we have responsibility to listen, to learn, to obey, and to open up the blinds and let the sunshine in.
One of the things that really challenged my ideas about walking in faith was a challenge I was given to open up the Word, the New Testament along with the Old, and look at all the action verbs. We show we love God through our obedience to his commands (John 14:15), not just by feeling “love” for him. We are not called to stay huddled up in our church buildings or our homes, we are called to go, to do, to change, to work, to strive, and to press on toward the goal.
But the great thing about that Brilliant Light is that, not only does his perfect word shine the truth on our ugliness, it also comes alongside us in grace to help us clean it up. We have commandments to live by and good works to do. Good works that “God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” Eph. 2:10. We need to get to work on our lives, with the help of the Holy Spirit who rolls up his own sleeves, grabs a bottle of Windex and starts scrubbin’ too.
So let’s all open up those blinds and let the truth of the Word show us what needs work. Let’s press forward in the knowledge that he is the Author and Finisher of our faith and will continue to shed light on the grime that coats our souls, and that he will give us the tools and the strength to make us sparkle for Him.