It’s that time of year again where everyone goes through the house and deep cleans. We clean each room, bathroom, closet, laundry room and even outside. This is where we go through our clothing and other items around the house. We get rid of some things. This is called spring cleaning. We have these moments spiritually too. This is where we are living a certain way, watching certain movies or shows, and so forth and we feel convicted. Convicted enough to clean that action or thing in our lives out so that we can focus more on our relationship with God. Cleaning out areas of our lives that are not God honoring and may even be sin.
Recently I was convicted through the words of a good friend of mine. He came over for dinner with my family and we began talking about movies. My friend said he hasn’t watched tv for over 9 years because he didn’t like the way it made him feel. He spends so much more time loving people and growing closer with God. He has replaced all those hours of watching a screen, whether it is a computer screen, movie screen, phone screen or tv screen, to being with people and being a strong disciple for God. He gives everything to God. Hearing this was such a conviction for me because I know I spend too much time watching Netflix, watching tv and movies. I also watch a lot of stuff i probably shouldn’t because in the end it doesn’t bring glory to God. A couple Bible verses that added to my convictions are Matthew 6:22-23, which states, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”. The second verse is 1 John 2:15-17, which states, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever”.
I want to spend more time loving on people whether it be family, friends, coworkers or strangers. I want to be a difference to them. I want to be God’s light to them. So instead of spending a lot of time staring at the screen I’ve been trying to spend more time being a disciple for God. I’m cleaning my house. I’m not getting rid of Netflix completely. I will still watch tv and movies but I have gone through my movies and have gotten rid of a ton. I also removed movies and shows off of my list on Netflix because they’re not uplifting. Psalms 51:10 states, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me”. I want to give more time to God and more time to loving the people He loves. John 13:34 states, “And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”.
Just because I cleaned house on the stuff I watch and the time I spend watching doesn’t mean any of you reading this have to do the same thing. We all have different convictions. I do encourage you if you’re feeling a small or large conviction about anything in you’re life that you’re doing, don’t ignore it. Pray about it and trust God. Maybe it’s something you need to clean out of your house, your temple of God. No matter what it is, it’s important to remember that God is our Creator. He loves us and wants us to love Him back. He wants us to be disciples for HIm. If you are His child, He especially wants His temple clean and shining for Him.