We Have become Obsessed With Cleanliness and Forgotten the Value in a Home Dirty Enough to be Happy?
We’ve become so obsessed with cleanliness that we’ve lost precious time that could be spent in relationship with our loved ones and with God.
I hear you thinking…but cleanliness is next to Godliness. I didn’t remember reading it in my Bible so I searched and couldn’t find it. It was a heading in a “modern topics in the Bible” book but there were no references with the phrase.
When I searched clean, cleanse, cleansed and cleanliness in my references I found many passages but not one had the meaning we’ve come to attach to the phrase.
Many Spiritual References About Cleanliness
Cleansing was a spiritual cleansing by the priests, by sacrifices and of course by being sanctified by Christ. There were many references to ceremonial washing of hands and feet.
Reference to pureness as in a clean heart or a clean mind was common. The word was also used as “allowed” as in clean and unclean food in the old testament.
The Laws of Moses Are Filled With Rules of Cleanliness to Prevent Disease and to Keep it From Spreading
A reading of Leviticus reveals a God who seems obsessed with cleanliness. Read deeper and you’ll notice it’s always about skin diseases and rashes and bodily fluids that we know today spread contagious diseases. The people of the time were not generally clean and the people of Israel had a reputation for being clean and healthy.
The reference I found about the home was about mold making a home uninhabitable. We now understand more about the ill effects of mold in our homes.
Feet were washed by the lowliest servant in a house. Imagine the street they walked in with bare or sandaled feet. Animal and human excrement along with the dirt. also, they often reclined to eat with feet at table height.
Are You Obsessed With Cleanliness?
Have you ever made your husband or children wait for you while you swept a floor or finished the dishes?
Do you have a cupboard full of all the latest cleaning products?
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Are there areas of your home that no one uses because they need to stay clean and tidy? What a waste.
If you had to choose, would you be busy with laundry and bed making or spending quality time with your spouse? He’ll be much happier if you spend some time with him.
Yes, Your House Needs to be Clean But How Clean?
This isn’t permission to be slovenly. There are health concerns we know God cares about. It needs to be tidy enough to find things and enjoy time working and playing at home.
What about company? Sure you want to put your best forward but did they come to visit your house or you? If they dropped by they can take what they find.
Your home can certainly be kept clean enough that you would not be embarrassed by drop in company. That makes a good compass for how clean you need to be as long as you remember to keep it looking lived in. I’ve been in homes that are so sterile and show home-like that I was uncomfortable.
My ex-mother-in-law kept the original plastic wrap on her living room couch so her son’s blue jeans wouldn’t stain it. She’d bought a light colored upholstery. It would have been happier to have bought a dark upholstery to make her son feel welcome and the couch comfortable.
Are You a Mary or a Martha?
Jesus addressed this issue when he visited his good friends Mary and Martha. Martha busied herself with the cleaning and cooking while her sister sat at His feet to listen to His teaching. He made it very clear that Mary was spending her time more wisely.
Do you need to be more organized in your cleaning and tidying to free up time for more important things?
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