Spring has finally arrived. So has the cleaning. I took flannel sheets off the beds and put away winter coats, worked in the yard to clear the way for new growth and am now tackling each room in the house. My desk needs it the most. As I clear away the clutter, organize papers, and throw away unnecessary things, I feel a sense of peace and relief to see a clean desk. Without the extra clutter and stacks of paper, I can be more focused on what I use the desk for anyway. I can sit and write notes to others who need encouragement or write in my journal what is happening in my life. With a cup of tea or coffee nearby I can read a devotional and write down ideas for blogs to encourage others.
And isn’t the same true for my own personal life as a believer? After we come to believe in Jesus and begin to follow Him we begin to clutter our lives with things of this world that don’t really matter. Over time, they stay in my life like those things on my desk. Religious rules that others place on me, desires to please others instead of God, worry and fear that God is not in control and much more. Soon, my focus is clouded and I can’t see clearly the One who is my life, Jesus.
Jesus said to focus on Him. Five times in John 15 He mentions to His disciples “abide in Me”. When Jesus called His followers, He made it simple – “come follow Me.” Nothing added, no clutter, just Me.
“After this He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed Him”. Luke 5:27-28
“And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him.” Mark 1:17, 18
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
Paul said it so clearly, “So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (GNT)
Is my life so cluttered that I can’t even see Jesus anymore? Or hear His voice? What are the things that clutter my life? What can I throw off, get rid of, or put away so I can keep my eyes “fixed on Jesus”? He is the one whom my faith depends.
When we abandon ourselves to Jesus alone without all the clutter we are free. Free to abide and have his life-giving sap flow through us, producing His fruit in our lives without our realizing it. Are you ready to get rid of the clutter too?