Lockdown in the UK – all three of them!

Lockdown in the UK – all three of them! – has, for most of us, brought about some new things to be thankful for. One of those is de-cluttering. With time on our hands at home, many of us have gone about this with gusto, to the point where lots of charity shops, overwhelmed with so much of our unwanted stuff, are now begging us to stop! Having a clear-out is really refreshing both physically and mentally. We somehow feel more on top of our lives, more organised, more focussed and more able to take on new challenges when we have sorted through the physical clutter in our homes and stripped it back to the things that we have good reason to hold on to. In the process, we sometimes find some long-lost treasure which brings great joy. A king in the Bible once ordered an enormous de-clutter. He was called Josiah. You can read about his remarkable life in 2 Kings 22&23 and 2 Chronicles 34&35. He reigned at a time when the nation of Judah had hit an all-time spiritual low. They had suffered for years with godless, selfish, immoral kings and the people themselves had become the same. King Josiah was determined to do better. He began by ordering a clear-out of the temple. It had fallen into disrepair and accrued years of junk from mixing the worship of the one true God with the practices of all kinds of other religions. Something amazing happened. In this process, “the Book of the Law” was found. The nation had drifted so far from God that they did not even have a copy of their Scriptures until this moment. The effect of its discovery on Josiah and other zealous people was transforming. There’s a lesson here for us. Maybe we’ve allowed our homes and our lives to be so full of other “stuff” that we’ve lost sight of what really matters. Perhaps it’s time for us to have a spiritual clear-out! In cutting back on the things in our lives that bog us down, we can become more focussed on, and freer in our minds to make space for, something new – something which is the greatest treasure of all. Therefore “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us…” (Hebrews 12:1; NKJV) and make space in our lives for God’s Word. pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.org

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