Spring Cleaning

SpringCleaningWhile our house typically looks clean, I recently prepared for an event that forced me to clean out the cabinets, drawers, closets, shelves, storage space, etc. I would open a drawer and feel this overwhelming feeling: Where am I going to put all this junk? How do I even begin to deal with the mess?  It occurred to me that often our spiritual life is like these drawers. We keep the outside of our cup clean by attending church, saying we’ll pray for folks, and doing all the appearances of godliness, while the inside of our cups are filth (Matthew 23).

Matthew 23 and these verses in Timothy create a good picture of what we often find in the dirty mess inside of our cup. In the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

While we all at times struggle with things such as unappeasable or selfish heart, some of us are often left immovable by the thought of doing the really hard work of scrubbing and cleaning it out. However, I have personally found such an overwhelming freedom from going to those dark, dirty places and seeking counsel from those who are godly and believing in the power of godliness and God’s grace. In the painful scrubbing of places left untouched, this is where the outside of our cups are truly clean. This is where we settle in a Spirit-filled life of Joy, Peace, and Love that surpasses all earthly understanding and boundaries.  I encourage all of us to seek counsel from godly people and join each other in a Spiritual Spring Cleaning.

While working at an alternative school, Dr. Beth Ackerman completed her Master’s degree in special education at Lynchburg College and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Virginia. She is currently an associate dean in the School of Education at Liberty University. She has developed a love of sharing what God has laid on her heart over the years as a follower of Christ, a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and educator.


  1. 3 months ago
    Christine says

    When I physically spring clean, I find myself jumping from task to task. I have to make a list and when it becomes too long, and circle 3 things that are the priority for the day. That helps me focus. The same is true of my spiritual spring cleaning. I have a list of things I know I need to change about myself, but I pray about it, and ask God to guide me to focus on just a couple. I then make an effort to look for the ways He is rewarding my efforts in those areas. He is so faithful. When I ask for strength and discernment–He is faithful in providing. When I notice and praise Him for my growth, He is faithful in blessing me again! We can’t out-give God, I am learning! Praise Him for his spring cleaning assistance!

  2. 3 months ago
    Marion Lebell says

    Gilda do not get down about this. There is a time for everything (I see there is even a Bible Study on this). You are not the only one that has this going on. I am finally coming to a time in my life where I am praying to have the energy and time to joyfully do this house stuff BUT I am also wondering if I had spent more time on my cleaning internally would I have had more energy and time perhaps to get to the physical cleaning done also. God says he will never give us more than we can handle so maybe it is just about setting our priorities and letting God handle the rest. My daughter hires a house cleaner every two weeks and they somehow afford it. Just some thoughts that have come to me when I read your reply. Jesus we pray for Your wisdom and guidance for the answers that are right for us, knowing that Your timing is always the right timing. “AMEN” Thank you for this opportunity to think about this Gilda.

  3. 3 months ago
    Robyn-Jane Parsons says

    Gilda, I live in England, United Kingdom and woke up this morning at 5am and found myself reading your comment on this website! I want to tell you how much God loves you and you are doing an awesome thing spring cleaning. The Lord is our strength and shield, our ever present help in need. Keep running the race. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We all need to change from glory to glory and I know from experience the hardest things to do can also bring the greatest rewards that we could never imagine. God bless you Gilda.

  4. 3 months ago
    Gilda Opher says

    Beth, I am attempting to spring clean feeling overwhelmed with the job. By the time I get home I am mentally & physically exhausted. So the mess gets bigger. And all I want to do is leave the house until time for bed.