Welcome to Part 2 of the Busy at Home series here at Grace to Soar. Lest you think that I am a super-homemaker guilting you into cleaning your house, please check out Part 1. I am perhaps the most reluctant homemaker in the country.
I have struggled my entire adult life with keeping my house clean. I don’t like it and it doesn’t feel important. Can I get a witness? If you disagreed with what I just said, you are amazing but this post probably isn’t for you!
My struggle with housekeeping, and the guilt and shame that come with it, led me to this question: Does God care about my messy house?
The answer, my friends, is yes He does. I believe housekeeping matters to God.
Now you can argue with me about it, I’m open to hearing your opinion. It’s true, the Bible never says, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” There is no commandment to be found that says, “You shall put away a load of laundry the same day you wash it.” But stay with me here and you might agree.
After studying this topic, these are the three main reasons I’ve come to this conclusion:
Our God brings order to chaos
From the very first verse of the Bible, God creates order. He turned formless chaos into the heavens and the earth. In the next chapter, God gave Adam man’s first assignment: take care of the garden. Then Adam assigned names to all of the animals. Our God creates order through the hands of man.
When the world became chaotic in Noah’s day, He again brought order. God gave Noah specific directions about how to build the ark and what to bring aboard. God was in ultimate control, but he chose to use man to establish order.
He wants us to establish order in our homes and lives as well.
He uses house as a metaphor for soul
Jesus used “house” as a metaphor for “soul” several times during His earthly ministry. To me, this shows there is a connection between our homes and our soul.
Consider the parable of the wise man and the foolish man.
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-27
He used the same metaphor when he was teaching about demons.
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.” Luke 11:24-25
The use of this metaphor shows there is a connection between our homes and our soul. Every time we clean our homes, we paint a picture of how Jesus cleans our hearts.
The house is a symptom of something deeper
A messy house is not usually a time issue, it’s a heart issue.
I can identify a heart issue for all of the messiest times in my home. For me, it’s usually selfishness or pride about how I spend my time. For others, it may be resentment due to the lack of help you get with housekeeping. Or maybe it’s fear you won’t be able to buy something when you need it, so you gather clutter.
It almost always comes down to
a lack of self-control (stopping ourselves from doing something wrong, like shop too much)
or a lack of self-discipline (making ourselves do something right, like tidy up)
To be clear
There are seasons of life that are complete exceptions to what I’ve written above. Some examples are healing from physical or mental illness, times of grieving, when you have tiny children, etc. God knows what’s going on in our lives. He knows when you’re doing the best you can. He is full of grace and mercy and tenderly loves His children.
Don’t allow yourself to get legalistic about this. He’s not in Heaven checking off if you’ve cleaned your bathroom this week. Save yourself from that guilt. I’m not saying it’s sinful to not clean regularly. However, sin is often the root cause of our struggles with cleaning.
When I say our houses should be clean and tidy, I absolutely do not mean immaculate or even dusted! I mean that our houses should function smoothly enough to minimize frustration and stress.
In conclusion, cleaning our house is a ministry to ourselves and our family. When we manage our homes well, we set ourselves and our loved ones up to succeed. So yes, God cares about your messy home, because He cares about the people who live in it.
Do you think housekeeping can be an act of worship? I do! Click here to read Part 3 of the Busy at Home Series.
In Part 4 of this series, I share 12 strategies that have helped me gain control over my home and life. I pray they help you, too!
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Are you convinced? Do you think God cares about a messy house?