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2015_02_23 Leaven

 

As I find myself in the midst of Spring cleaning…STILL…I am finding a new commitment to doing things in bite-sized pieces. Too often I look around and see my house that organized and not messy and simply write it off as clean. Truth is there is a lot more to clean than being organized and not messy…and every year around this time I find that out.

This year however, there is something new for me…something that makes this challenge more personal, more urgent. In preparation for Pesach, you are to clean all chametz {leaven, yeast} from your home. This means crumbs, products…the whole shebang. It is done according to the command given by God in Exodus 12:15, among other places, and as a reminder that the Israelites left Egypt so fast that their bread didn’t even have time to rise.

There is more to it than that though. Yeshua Himself associated yeast with the false teachings of the Pharisees {Matthew 16:6} and warned that a little yeast mixed in with a large amount of  flour could work its way all the way through the dough.{Luke 13:21} It is the same way with dirt or contamination of any kind. All it takes is a little bit to work its way through the whole batch. This goes for sin, false doctrine, condemnation, and judgments. Even Paul repeated these truths in 1 Corinthians 5: 6-8 when he says, “Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

As I clean my home, searching for whatever tidbits of this and that I have over looked with my organized façade or put together shell I find myself convicted by all the bits I have over looked or neglected to clear away since the last time I did this. I wonder if I’ve neglected the corners and hidden places in my spirit as I have in my house. I wonder what’s lurking underneath the surface that I have worked so hard to maintain.

So this year I am making the commitment to cleaning deliberately and with purpose 6 days a week. I may only spend 10-20 minutes doing it, but it will be done! I will seek out the hidden places, the neglected places, and clean them thoroughly as I reflect on a place in my spirit that may be in need of the same level of scrubbing. There is a new motivation growing in me…the motivation to seek out all the places that sin and corruption of the Gospel like to hide and shine His Light brightly upon them!

The job is too big for a once a year cleaning! The job is too big for a once a week church service! The job is too big to let someone else spoon feed it to you! This job requires you to get an intimate knowledge for yourself as to what is required. Only you know the dark and tucked away places in your home and in your spirit. So it must be you that feeds on His Word, feeds on His Purpose, and feeds on what it takes to maintain that deeper clean inside and out.

So the challenge is to commit to bite-sized pieces…the kind you can completely digest before moving on to the next bite. Move through your home and your spirit step by step, clean away the “chametz” that is working its way through to other areas, and enjoy the freedom and peace it is sure to bring! I pray you perseverance and dedication beloved! Shalom!~

Surrendered to Him~

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