Day Twenty-four = Removing The Junk
“But I have this against you that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place, unless you repent.” (Rev. 2:4-5)
Perhaps one of my favorite worship songs is The Heart of Worship. The song talks about getting back to the true meaning of worship which is Jesus Christ. It references fading away music, taking out religious traditions and coming plainly before the thorn room of heaven. It even goes so far as to apologize for taking the true focus of worship away from Christ in the first place.
Our lives have become literally littered with stuff. We have numerous shows on several TV networks chronicling the lives of hoarders, messy house owners and junk collectors. We have found ourselves placing emotional attachment to physical Items. I was amazed as I watched a program in which a woman experienced actual physical ailments which were impeding her ability to de-clutter her overwhelming filthy house. Panic attacks, shortness of breath, nausea. If one didn’t know any better you would have thought she was having a heart attack, but no she was simply cleaning her house!
Our scripture today reminds us to come back to our first love. John while writing his revelations cautioned the church not to be caught up with the clutter that is life. Even in doing good things we can over clutter our schedules, even in purchasing necessities we can lose sight of what is truly a need. It is easy to lose focus. Clutter piles up fast and it seems that the first thing to suffer is our relationship with God. Make sure your true love is not of life and its clutter, be certain that your worship is stripped of everything and contains only a plain sincere relationship with God!