By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
The clutter of life can be overbearing and intimating; if not dealt with. It does not take long to accumulate in one's mind that which can be either beneficial or destructive in nature. In the electronic age in which we live; there is much to absorb as that of a sponge. Once one reduces the unbeneficial clutter; it will make room to receive the more beneficial.
There are many today who have allowed the clutter of life to accumulate; whether in the mind or of a physical nature. The physical things are easier to deal with than attempting to remove that which clutters the mind.
I use to travel down a road that was lined with trees on each side of the road with lush green grass dressing the scene as well. The sun would filter through the foliage of the trees making it a sight to behold.
Then one day the scene was drastically changed. The tree trimmers from the electric company came to clear the way for the electric lines and scared the beauty. Then the mowers came along cutting the grass revealing the clutter beneath.
It marred the image that had been ingrained in my mind; of such a lovely setting to drive to and from work each day. I did observe one item of interest in that disturbing scene; the next day two individuals were voluntarily picking up the clutter that had been exposed, which helped restore some of the former beauty.
I wonder how God feels about having prepared a place of beauty for His people; such as the Garden of Eden, for the first inhabitants of the earth, then seeing it disrupted through disobedience with sin entering into such a peaceful setting? We know how He felt; because He drove Adam and Eve from the Garden, with their no longer having access (Genesis 3:24).
The clutter of life can refer to accumulated sin that has been allowed into one's life; if repentance is not sought. Scripture reveals that the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
If we confess our sins, he (or Christ) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Despite sin entering into the world; God made a provision for man, through His only begotten Son (John 3:16); the Lord Jesus Christ.
Scripture forewarns the believer in Christ, concerning the clutter of life, in saying: Since we are surrounded about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily ensnare us, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).
This scripture encourages the believer to lay aside every weight; the entangling sin that attempts to clutter one's life; which would hinder one's ability to be a witness for Christ. There is a well publicized symbol: WWJD - "What Would Jesus Do" that is a good measuring stick; if applied to circumstances and temptations that may attempt to weigh one down.
The clutter of life; of a wrongful nature, need not be a factor if first filtered by the Word of God. When one goes on the Internet; one can readily view ungodly content, if there is no filtering device. Television; which has failed in its censorship; use to be of a wholesome family entertainment with godly values being portrayed. It has in its latter years enlarged its outreach to include ungodly content.
Movies are of the same nature; ratings no longer amply portray what one is subject to view or hear. Many have entered into an era of time, described in God's Word, as having their conscience seared as a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2); having one's moral life scarred by the sinful nature of man.
Allowing the clutter of life; of a sinful nature, can lead one towards an unwanted path beyond the scope of a God-fearing life. God's Word reveals: If after having escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning (2 Peter 2:20).
If ungodliness enters into the life of a believer it becomes a hindrance in one's servitude to the Lord. Forgiveness can play into the picture; to the repentant in heart, but one's former status, of being useful in godly roles in life, could be hampered. Many great evangelists have fell prey to the devil's devices to take them from their former greatness in God; forgiven but of a lesser role, became man is not as forgiving as God.
In a prophecy given in a camp meeting; many years ago, were these words: In the last days shall come seducing spirits that shall turn many of My anointed ones away. Many shall fall through divers lusts and because of sin abounding. But if you will seek Me diligently, I will put My spirit within you. When one shall turn to the right hand or the left you shall not turn with them, but keep your eyes wholly on the Lord.
We are seeing the characteristics of the last days spoken of by apostle Paul: Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, despisers of those that are good; lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof, of such turn away (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
The clutter of life; if allowed to manifest itself, will give way to these ungodly characteristics that Paul spelled out. Such will not happen if one stays tuned into "What Thus saith the Lord" by men of God who proclaim the Unadulterated (or pure) Word of God, under the anointing of God's Spirit.
The apostle Paul informed Timothy, a young evangelist, that a time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers having itching ears; and shall turn away their ears from the truth. But watch in all things, make full proof of your ministry (2 Timothy 4:3-5).
There are those today who have walked away from the righteousness of God; embracing the ungodliness of the world, allowing acceptability and tolerance to come into foreplay, rather than holiness, sanctification (that of being set apart), and the righteousness of God.
It is imperative that one keep their eyes upon the Lord; walk in accordance with His Word (The Holy Bible), and not follow man. The apostle Paul instructed Timothy: Continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing of whom you have learned them; and that from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:14-15).