I did a fridge clear-out the other day and it felt good.
Most people like the feel of a full fridge, but I like to have an empty one. Why? Is it because I am so super-spiritual that I fast constantly and food is just a barrier to achieving total spiritual purity? Nah, that’s not quite me.
The reason I like clearing out the fridge is that I get rid of all the rubbish – all the out-of-date stuff, the box with *something* sinister growing inside and the browning bananas. All gone. And with the space, I can refill it with fresh stuff from the grocery delivery and then I know it’s full, but it’s full of the right stuff.
(Incidentally, this particular clear-out was inspired by a blog post of my husband’s where a shot of our fridge clearly showed a pint of milk that was a week out of date. Don’t ask why he blogs about the content of our fridge. The point is OH! The Shame!)
Anyway, all of this got me thinking – are our lives a bit like my fridge? Full of ugly, out-of-date, unhealthy stuff? Do we need to do a clear out before our next delivery?
You see, in the church we always ask God to fill us – to fill us with the Spirit, to fill us with wisdom, to fill us with love. But how can God fill us when there’s junk in our lives taking up all the space? How can we ask God to fill us with his love when we’re harboring a grudge against someone? How can we ask to be filled with wisdom when we keep deliberately doing stupid things?
Colossians 3:8 says “But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” Ephesians 4:30-32 says something similar. It’s sometimes hard to do, as the same things trap us over and over again but the lists in the Bible can help us pinpoint what’s stopping us from moving forward with God.
And there are riches to be found if we only have the space for them. There’s Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him” and when God talks about an Israelite called Bezalel, He says He “filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.” That’s a lot of stuff to fit in if we’re ready to accept it. And that’s the challenge I’m going to leave you with – are you ready? Or do you need a clear-out?