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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Declutter ... be more like Jesus

What an interesting concept -- to clean out the clutter in our minds and hearts. I had never thought of the correlation between house clutter and personal clutter. But its there. Every day -- people we come in contact with -- what they say or how they act or even what they don't say. We hear things day in and day out. Also what we read -- in magazines and newspapers, on the internet, e-mails; and what we watch -- on television or even interaction between other people.

The dissatisfaction and frustration that can overwhelm us because of various blows we are dealt everywhere and anywhere -- at work, at home with our spouse, children, parents or siblings, health, death, housing, finances, transportation.

We get short with people. We say what we feel. We are ready to explode, and whoever is right there at that moment may get the brunt of that explosion. Those feelings are clutter. Having to wait for others to get things done before you can go further -- we clutter our minds with complaining about them, about the situation.

What do we do?

God wants us to be more like Christ.

In I Corinthians 6: 19-20, the apostle Paul writes, "... do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

More like Jesus. ... who do you .... what do you perceive ... how do you?

I thought of the song "I want to be more like Jesus" by Keith Green.

Jesus says in Matthew 15: 17-20 ... "Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man,..."

More like Christ ... less like we are ... more like the One who is our Shepherd, less like we are ... more like our Sovereign Lord. More like Jesus. The longer I serve Him the sweeter He grows. ... as we become more like Him.

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