Spring Cleaning

by Rob Dunne

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

My wife Kellie and I decided to do a liver cleanse. Some practitioners recommend doing this in the springtime to cleanse our bodies of toxins. They probably realize that we abuse them from Halloween to Easter. Therefore, we need to give our bodies a fresh start through diet and supplementation.

Like our bodies, our minds also need to be cleansed. Even if you were fortunate enough to have two parents completely sold out to God, at some point in your life, you were exposed to the things of this world – media, entertainment and people who do not share your Christian beliefs. Whether we realize it or not, these things have an impact on our lives.

If you are a believer in Jesus, you are a citizen of heaven. In fact, the Apostle Peter refers to us as sojourners here on earth. Though we try to keep our minds focused on Jesus and heavenly things, it is nearly impossible for us to avoid all exposure to the world around us.

When the Lord led the children of Israel in to the Promised Land, He knew that they were going to be exposed to the worst of the worst. The people who inhabited the land of Canaan were caught up in demon worship and other licentious behavior. The land was littered with idols. It was so bad, people sacrificed their children by burning them with fire.

Understandably, God did not want His people imitating these practices. One of the most critical ways He attempted to help them was by giving them laws to follow. In addition to providing a system of government, these laws showed the Israelites how to live morally and for God alone. To avoid being tempted by the people living in Canaan and the surrounding countries, God through Joshua told the Israelites to meditate on His word/law day and night.

Today, we are exposed to things that vie for our attention. While those things may not be inherently evil, they may impact our minds and take our focus off of God and His word. The only way that we can avoid being conformed to this world is by renewing our minds. That takes effort.

We have to be deliberate about spending time reading the bible and meditating on it, studying under godly teachers and spending time with people who share our faith. The more time you spend meditating on the word, the quicker your mind will be renewed and the cares of this world get swept out.

After a rather long winter here in New England, we are finally seeing signs of spring. In the same way we spruce up our homes each spring, now is as good a time as any to do some spring cleaning of your mind. Find a bible translation that you like and read it. When something moves you, spend time meditating on it. Before you know it, your mind will be squeaky clean!

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