… so if I’m living in a mess which prevents rest in God and damages relationships, I have fallen short of his standards: I have sinned.
And when we have sinned, we know what to do: ‘if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness; (1 John 1:9).
As I seek his grace, God is willing and able to forgive me for my sloth or failure of priorities. But I need to be sure that my standard of messlessness is God’s standard, one which enables rest and relationships. If I strive to meet a standard set by the world, by other people or by magazines, by TV programmes or an inner voice of perfectionism, I am likely to fail. I am also likely to spend time on housework that might be better spent with people or with God. If my house takes up all my energy and my concern, it could be that it has become my idol. If it has, then I need to recognise that and repent of it.
This applies to so many areas of life; not just to messy houses (and now that Sue is away for a couple of weeks – our house is likely to get messy).