Cleaning House

Recently, Tammy and I were given the opportunity to buy a home that better meets the needs of our family.  When we bought our current home, we had never intended to move again.  We also had a significant list of things that we wanted to do to the house that we would “get to”.  Almost 10 years later, when we put it on the market, we realized all those things that we never did “get to”.  In the days before it was to go on the market, I found myself eyeing the minor repairs that I hadn’t done yet, the shrubberies that I still wanted to remove, and the painting that needed done.  With the help of some great friends, we got several of the things done before the listing appeared.  We were not able to get to them all before the house sold.  We simply ran out of time.  It made me think, “What will I not have done in my life when I run out of time?”


My daughter found a shelving unit on Facebook Marketplace that she wanted.  And the price was right.  So I drove her an hour away to buy it.  Upon arrival, we found acres and acres of belongings that someone had cleared out of houses after people passed.  Furniture, tons of dishes, and literally thousands of record albums.  Many things that people worked very hard for, carefully saved and preserved thinking that their children would value them.  Hauled away to be sold at a giant yard-sale.  Or otherwise to sit and decay.


Eventually, we all run out of time.  It is a limited resource, and we can never get it back.  When life is gone, it’s gone.  Hebrews 9:27 reminds us, “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.”  What will we be found to have accomplished?  What will our house look like?  What will we have worked for?  At the end of our lives, we leave this earth with exactly what we brought into it.  We are told in Ecclesiastes:


I hated all my work that I labored at under the sun because I must leave it to the man who comes after me.  And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool?  Yet he will take over all my work that I labored at skillfully under the sun.  (Ecclesiastes 2:18-19, HCSB)


When we arrive at eternity, only one question matters.  Will you hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” or “depart from Me, I never knew you.”  Nothing ever makes me more sad than to preach the funeral of one who does not know Christ.  It is too late at that point.  And if your family is uncertain, they will do all manner of verbal gymnastics to convince the preacher why you must be in heaven.  Do yourself and your family a favor.  Accept Christ as Lord.  Live a life that is pleasing to Him.  Then, when your time has run out, your family will have a lot easier time cleaning out your house.

One Response to “Cleaning House”

  1. Nina says:

    Lots of good “stuff” to think about. Thanks for posting

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