Does God Care About My Messy House? {Part 2 of the Busy at Home Series}

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?

Does God Care About My Messy House?: Part 2 of the Busy at Home Series at Grace to Soar

 

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.

Does God Care About My Messy House?

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)

Are you a reluctant homemaker, too? Use these verses to overcome negative thoughts!

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.

Does God Care About My Messy House?

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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tasteofrainstudio

Good stuff! You have inspired me to dust off my broom!

Maddie Sherman

This was such a good post for me to read right now. I work full time, so I rarely feel like cleaning when I get home. I often attribute this to being tired, but I have time to check my phone, watch an episode of a tv show and so on… It truly is selfishness on my part and it is something I need to work on. Thank you for this post.

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hisdearlyloveddaughter

Thanks Beka! This series is great. A reminder we all need, I’m sure! I am reminded of the verse, “Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do it all for the glory of God.” So to answer your question, yes! I absolutely think that housekeeping can be an act of worship! I like to play worship music from my Pandora station while I’m doing housework and sing at the top of my lungs. (which is something ONLY the Lord, who sees my heart, could appreciate – yikes! #tonedeaf!) Can’t wait for the next one!

Cathy McIntosh

Yes – I do think housecleaning can be an act of worship! Or it can be an act of sheer drudgery. It depends on our attitude about it and whether or not we feel that everything must be done in one day. Taking small steps, working consistently, and learning to praise Jesus through the task can make all the difference. Thanks for your encouragement!

Angie

I agree! I like the phrase “Outer order contributes to inner calm”. I feel better when my house isn’t a wreck. Which makes me a nicer mom :). Also, God told Adam to dress and keep the garden on Eden before sin and the curse so we know it is a good thing for us. Thanks for writing and sharing!

Amy Hagerup (@amyhagerup)

I love that whatever we do, we should do for the glory of God!

Kristi

Such a great perspective! I had not thought of it from these different verses and angles. Great points!!

Ifeoma Samuel

I like all the connections you made here Beka!
This is beautiful

Olu Afolabi

Wonderful post. I love your power verses for reluctant house makers. I do believe God cares about our messy homes or garages! He is a God of order.

Maria Hass

Hmmm. I didn’t think about it in this light before. This is definitely some food for thought! Specially if we can understand how God is not a God of chaos… and He loves us.

Amy Thomas

Well said. I’m certainly convicted, but with a peace that comes from truth. I appreciate the correlation between the state of our home and our heart. So much of what we fill each with is unnecessary and a stumbling block to freedom.

JD Hartz

So – SOOO good!!! I have recently kicked my own rear into gear organizing and really bringing order to my home. I believe there is very good reason that order brings peace and it is exactly what you are saying in this beautiful post. Thank you for sharing!!!

Carolyn

AWESOME!!! Thank you! Someone finally said it! LOVE THIS! So Excited to have found your blog!

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