Use these Bible verses to energize and inspire your spring cleaning routine.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
It’s April and spring is in the air. Time to wash the windows. With the bottle of Windex I reach around and squirt the outside of our ancient casement windows. I grab a paper towel and wipe the drips quickly.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7)
I study my paper towel. How satisfying to see all the dirt I’ve cleaned off from the outside. A minor triumph on a day when I don’t feel I’ve accomplished much. At least this is something that got done.
Who can say I have made my heart clean? I am pure from sin. (Proverbs 20:9)
Squirt, squirt. I attack the inside of the window now. I grab another paper towel and wipe the splotches of Windex. Think of how our view of the trees and bushes outside will improve when I’m done. It makes me wonder how many verses there are in the Bible about cleanliness.
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup so that the outside of the cup will be clean too. (Matthew 23:26)
I look down at the paper towel. Here is a holy mystery of housecleaning: How is it that the inside of my windows are almost as dirty as the outside? What does it say about our general housekeeping? What does it say about us? There must be microscopic dirt that floats inside.
There is nothing unclean of itself but to him that sees anything unclean, to him it is unclean. (Romans 14:14)
Wow, the windows look fabulous. I can see right through them. I should have done this chore weeks ago. Maybe winter wouldn’t have seemed as dreary or dark if my windows had been clean.
For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1Corinthians 13:12)
I put away the Windex and the roll of paper towels, feeling clean both inside and out. The work was purifying like prayer.