One of my old employers and his wife are the subject of a legend. They were hoarders. Yet, they were exclusive in their hoarding. Back when Burger King and McDonalds used Styrofoam containers for their burgers, my former employer and his wife considered these containers to be very valuable. Apparently, they consumed fast-food quite a lot, and saved every container. Legend has it that they had tall towers of the containers, neatly stacked in each and every room in their home, and even in their garage. Heaps and heaps of Styrofoam boxes.
(I’ll call him George) George and his wife used to talk about building a familyroom addition onto their home because they never seemed to have enough room to entertain family and friends or enough elbow room to get around the house comfortably.
George and his wife had a perfectly good house. Yet, it was full of garbage, so they wanted to add on; they wanted clean and new. Had they come to their senses and realized they had a perfectly good house, and just cleaned it up, they might have been happy with what they already had, a nice, middle class home in the suburbs.
George and his wife are a little like most of us. We have a perfectly good body, but our minds and hearts may contain garbage. But with a little cleaning up, our minds and hearts can inhabit a sparkling clean body– a “glorified” body, so to speak. (Please see Philippians 3:20-21.)
If we are waiting for our death, or the second coming of Christ, to start working on cleaning our souls, we may be missing the best part of our short lives. God is waiting, with mop and sponge and 1-800-Got Junk to send His Holy Spirit into our lives to do the heavy lifting for us.
As we allow Him to do the cleaning, we are free to begin to live life more comfortably and clearly. Soon we will have elbow room to spare and share, and we will not be looking around for our next body, or familyroom addition. Have faith.