Keeping our hearts clean for the holy spirit to dwell
I once accompanied my mum to her friend’s home many years ago home. Few mins after we got in, I felt the need to use the loo. My mum’s friend jumped up quickly and rushed towards the visitors toilet. She asked me to wait a while for her to check that the toilet was clean before I could use it.
While she was away, I tossed to and fro on my chair, as I was really pressed to "wee". I had to however wait endlessly for the loo to be ready. Eventually, she came out and apologised that I could go in. I dashed in quickly , and just as I was about to "wee", I suddenly realised that I wasnt pressed anymore. My bladder felt absolutely empty!
Seriously? Wasnt I just about to wee in my pants few minutes ago? How can this be? I waited a while and gave the toilet a quick flush in other not to give away any doubts that I didnot use the toilet.
I reckoned later that my "wee" suddenly disappeared not because the toilet was not clean for use at that moment, but I guess my body reacted to the fact that, the toilet couldn't have been clean enough within the period of the quick fix. My thoughts were..
- How bad could the toilet have been before the quick fix?
- How many days/ months was the toilet left in that condition?
- Was a quick fix enough?
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by_ God? _You do not belong to yourself 1st Corinthians 6:19
This scriptures explains that our bodies are the temple of the holy spirit, hence the reason to keep it clean (holy), as that is what is required by the owner (God). We know however that the holy spirit is unable to dwell in an unclean body.
If the holy spirit were to stand infront of our heart today, knocking and asking to come in, what would be our immediate response? Would we simply open the door knowing that inside is absolutely clean, or would we quickly rush in to give a quick wash?
As good as a quick wash could be, it most likely wont be the same as a scheduled, deliberate wash. The look, feel and smell is miles better.
What are those things that we will need to give a quick fix or wash each time the holy spirit needs to dwell in our bodies and heart.
- Why not fix them now?
- Why wait for a visit before you give a quick fix?
We need to remember that a quick wash done in a toilet could turn the visitor's "wee" away. And If the visitor is a very finicky one, that might just be their last day in our home.