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The Dirty Coop
“That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness,” Ephesians 4:22-24, NKJV.
Since we live on a farm now, we have chickens! And no matter how many chats I have with the girls, or how hard they try, at the end of the month, I have to clean out the coop. All the shavings are shoveled out, all the manure is scraped off the concrete floor and fresh new cedar shavings are spread around. I check the coop each day and I clean out the nesting boxes and take care of the necessities, but at the end of the month it is still time for a thorough cleaning again.
The coop reminds me of my spiritual heart. No matter how often I check on it, no matter how many chats I have with myself to do a better job—to be cleaner, neater in my spiritual walk—God still has to do the cleansing. I can try my best, but just like the chickens, I cannot do it on my own.
How amazing that our Heavenly Father is so good to us. He understands that we cannot keep our lives clean and uncluttered from sin, so He comes in with the shovel of forgiveness and fresh shavings of mercy and He cleans up the mess.
The chickens do one other thing after I have cleaned the coop—they go in and check it out. They scratch the new shavings, they cackle, they show their delight and seem to enjoy the clean environment again. And so should we. We should show our gratitude to the One who is willing to forgive and clean us up again and again. And I am so grateful that we don’t have to wait until the end of the month for Him—He is ready and willing to do it whenever we ask. Ask today.
Thought-provoker: How clean is your spiritual coop today? Do you need time with your Heavenly Father for Him to do some deep cleaning?
Lord, thank You for Your cleaning power in our hearts. Thank You that we do not have to wait, we just have to be willing. Help us to be willing today, and every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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