I love to purge because it makes me feel good to have everything in its spot, but the process is grueling. Before you can get rid of things, you have to dig it all out, evaluate it, decide if you need it, and either organize it, toss it, or give it away. It always looks terrible before it gets better. You end up with a big giant pile of stuff and it can sometimes be overwhelming. Most expert minimalists will tell you to do one drawer or room at a time.
As I go through my stuff, I can’t help evaluate what the condition of my spiritual house looks like. How cluttered is my soul at this point in my life? So as I purge, I also pray.
God wants our souls to be that of a minimalist. He wants our minds decluttered and our hearts purged from hurt. He wants us cleansed of toxic emotions and for us to freely give away the testimonies of what He has done. He wants us to throw away the lies from the enemy and only keep the truth of His Word. He wants us to organize it and keep order so that our minds can be focused and set on Him.
This can be even more overwhelming than dealing with our natural clutter. If we try to take on all the hurt and baggage at once, we could get stuck. Just as with our natural clutter, we should also tackle our spiritual clutter one thing at a time. As we dig out the stuff that we don’t need, it can get very ugly. But as we let God tell us what to do with it, we will begin to feel the weights lifted and our souls refreshed.
Matthew 11:29-30 (NKJV)
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [a]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
God wants us to give Him our burdens. We weren’t meant to carry all of the problems of this world. As we give our burdens to Him our souls can rest and His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Matthew 23:25-26 (KJV)
25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
We can only cover up our mess for so long before it starts showing on the outside. Jesus told the Pharisees that if they cleanse the inside, then the outside will be made clean as well. They were holding onto excess clutter. They were holding on to things that Jesus came to free them from. Their insides were toxic, but they put on the mask of self-righteous goodness.
The good news is that we don’t have to keep pretending. All we have to do is bring our concerns to Jesus. Every hurt and trauma can be purged one compartment at a time. Every mistake is forgiven through Him and every wrong is made right by Him. He is all sufficient and carries the answer for all things. Let the Father declutter your soul. Become a minimalist where it matters the most.
Father, we thank You that You Take our burdens and cleanse our souls. Forgive us for pretending to be okay and collecting clutter in our souls. Show us how to cleanse our insides one compartment at a time. We give you our hurt and trauma. We break the yoke of bondage that has held us captive and take on your yoke that is easy and your burden that is light. Thank you for being all sufficient. Purge us from the inside out. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.