Get stuff. Buy stuff. Keep it. Get more of it. Keep that, too. Display it all, and proudly. – The Clutter Culture
The conclusion of the article above is that we are a clutter culture. Some of us might feel better or superior as we watch shows like Hoarders.
The truth is that we are all hoarders at some point and at some level.
See the Sin in Your Stuff
Achan coveted clothes and money in the spoil when Israelites were commanded to destroy everything (Joshua 7).
Paul explains in Romans 7:8, “But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness.”
Why do you buy anything? The deep motives in your heart are connected with your consumption. The obsessive consumption of material things could never satisfy the thirst and want of human souls. Human souls are cluttered with confused ideas about what it means to be happy. What is your “go to” category of consumption to make you feel happy? Are you into the latest healthy foods, gadgets, shoes, books, clothes, cars, houses or even churches? Human hearts are cluttered with chaotic desires that want to be like God. Coveting God’s attributes leaves your soul cluttered with pride, envy, bitterness, and anger.
Do you see sin in your consumption?
See the Savior in Your Sins
Jesus who knew no sin became sin for us so that we may become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Your reluctance to talk about sins is like your reluctance to talk about your messy room, cluttered house, or car. Stop and think about the mess or the stuff that makes your room, car, or house cluttered. Do you see your pursuit of some kind of savior or hero in your space? Playing video games for hours will leave you no time to clean up your room. Spending an inordinate amount of time to groom yourself will leave little time to clean your bathroom or bedroom.
The mess in your home or your space is the evidence of something or someone that occupied your heart and mind. Jesus came to be the refuse and the rejects of the world. Decluttering your soul takes your willingness to open up your heart and confess your sins.
Do you confess your sin to Jesus?
Serve the Savior with Your Stuff
A woman named Mary took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair (John 12:3). You always have people who would tell you to help the poor with your money. Do serve and help the poor to Jesus. Do give and sacrifice your time, talent, and treasure because Jesus tells you to through the conviction with the truth and the persuasion by the Holy Spirit.
How are you pouring your heart and life to Jesus?
Jesus cleanses hearts for us to have contentment and make commitment to keep our souls from the love of the world or the things in the world.
Do you serve Jesus by obeying him?
How are you doing in decluttering your soul?