I am not the type of man who gets excited about cleaning.
I do it… but I don’t enjoy it.
I like organizing but not cleaning. There is a difference. Mopping, dusting, vacuuming are all things I do regularly but they are not activities I look forward to. Recently it was my turn to clean at my church; and as I was mopping the café floors I felt God Spirit on me. I was filled with joy as I realized that in cleaning the church, I was worshiping Him. That day I took my time as I enjoyed mopping. I was loving every minute of worship. I felt that there is joy in cleaning the house of God. But here is the deeper revelation… The church building is not God’s dwelling place. I am. You are. This is why Paul reminds the church in Corinth:
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you where bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. “ (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
He is telling them to stop using your body for sin, because God lives there. He is telling them to get the junk out of the temple. Do some cleaning! You and I have this amazing responsibility and opportunity to use our body to glorify him and to host the presence of God. So often we think of getting rid of sin as a chore, a fight, or a struggle. We rarely think of our part in sanctification as worship. I cannot remember ever walking into a church and thinking, this place is a mess. We always have someone as a janitor cleaning up every speck of dust. We view it as a job. How much more should we value the real temple? You and I are to be our own temple janitor, and we can do it as a chore or as worship.
“I was conscious of the cleansing of the precious Blood, and I cried out: ‘Clean! Clean! Clean!’ I was filled with the joy of the consciousness of the cleansing” -Smith Wigglesworth