April 10: Sweeping Under the Couch

Luke 16:10-13

I once heard a friend of my mom’s complaining that her mother never moved furniture or swept beneath it when she cleaned.

It left me pondering why anyone would sweep beneath the couch or chest of drawers. Company can’t see under there and what harm would it do?

Now that I have my own house, complete with dust bunnies and couch, I know that the motivation to sweep under there is simply knowing that dirt exists and is lurking there.

Jesus said, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”

I am not always faithful in the micro cleaning because my own laziness combines with the fact that no one will ever know! (Except you, dear reader.) This fact plays out in real life when I also neglect the macro cleaning of the house. Dust bunnies pile up!

A faithful person is someone who has been persuaded by God to believe and who is loyal to that persuasion. Every word, every thought, and every action, indeed, every bit of strength, exerts that loyalty.

If however, we treasure something or someone else, being persuaded to a different allegiance, then the uses of our strength are telling. Our words, thoughts, and actions reveal loyalty to that which cannot give life.

In even the tiniest details of life, the dust bunnies under the couch, if you will, we must use our strength to demonstrate our allegiance to Christ.

Every little word, every little thought, every little action adds up to reveal what or Who it is that you treasure.

Do the miniutiae of your thoughts, words, and actions match your loyalty to Christ?

Do you know of any spiritual “dust bunnies” that you need to ask God to help you be faithful to clean up?

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