Curb the Clutter

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One of my recent extracurricular activities has consisted of redeeming my late grandmothers home in order to liquidate it from my fathers assets.  Today I’m excited to report that the construction and clean up is accomplished, the home hits the MLS list today, and the buyers Yahweh has prepared are on their way.  That being said, Yahweh always seems to show me things no matter what I’m doing.
The former tenants had accumulated and left behind a tremendous amount of trash and clutter.  However, what was now trash was once something that held value and I’m sure was a must have.  Had the things, once purchased with much needed resources, been taken care of they could have been sold or sowed to someone else for some profit or future harvest.  But now they were simply ruined, packed into a dumpster, and headed off to rot in a landfill until Yahshua comes again and there’s a new earth.  This is where the revelation begins.
As I was emptying the last barrel onto the top of the pile of wasted goods and resources I noticed a brand new binder.  Although it was weathered and had some stains from the other trash resting on its top it was for the most part in tact looking like it had never been opened.  Immediately my eyes were drawn to the title written in bold letters which said, “Liquidate Your Way To A Fortune $$$”.  Obviously the former tenants failed to read this valuable piece of literature and ironically it ended up at the summit of the trash pile as it headed out to the landfill.
I know by now you are failing to find any significance in my personal story but I want you to think about your life for a moment.  How often does today’s desires become tomorrows trash?  Why are there somethings we think we can just not live without only to one day turn around and throw them out?  The great thing apostolic government brings to ones life is the ability to curb the clutter.  And that clutter can be both external and internal.
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”
Paul says here that we should not just liquidate the sin from our lives but every weight that would ensnare or impede our progress in this kingdom walk.  There are things we allow into our lives that are not inherently evil or bad but are a hindrance to our spiritual advancement. Let’s not get bogged down in this Babylonian culture and learn how to live lean.  It’s the kingdom way!
Questions:
* Does your storage closet or garage look like your life?
* Would you say that you have clutter, external or internal, in your life?
* What are some things you can do to help eliminate either or both?
* What can you incorporate or eliminate that would help you live leaner?
Springtime is coming and it would be a great time to take an inventory on how you are living your life.  Discuss your schedules, activities, and involvement in things and see if they still fit or are just a weight to your families ultimate purpose. Then liquidate your way to a fortune both in the natural but more importantly the spiritual.
Here’s to expanding the kingdom by curbing the clutter and living lean!