As I have said before, organization and details are not my strong suits. My wife, Christina, on the other hand is a different story. According to her, everything must have a “home.” If you’re like me many times you can look at a mess and not see a mess, but that doesn’t work too well when you’re married to someone that actually sees what it is: a mess.
After a year of marriage Christina has realized that I will always be helpless in this area, and so she has graciously let me break her “home” rule and allowed me to put mystuff into “campsites.” She describes a campsite as a “home away from home” for my stuff. Since I can’t seem to put things away back where they go, I’m allowed to put things out of place but orderly.
So my books for my current seminary classes, for example, can’t be out all over the place but they can be nicely piled on the coffee table instead of their “home,” the bookshelf. Then the apparent mess (that I do not see) doesn’t look so much like a mess.
This is similar to how we deal with our struggles and sin patterns in our life when we don’t approach them head on. Dealing with them takes work, as does staying clean and organized. But overlooking them so long as they don’t get us in too much trouble or get us “caught” is much easier. As long as we keep our struggles from becoming a huge mess, we can easily feel okay with leaving them as they are.
This also plays out in how we live our lives; we compartmentalize. We have our work “campsite,” our camp ite for our hobbies, our personal lives, our religious and/or spiritual beliefs, and even our social media. But to follow Christ means rid ourselves of including Jesus in only one area, or even just a few areas of our lives.
Jesus is pretty explicit,
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
We all have campsites that we need to deal with. Jesus in his love and forgiveness takes us as we are and where we are, but he doesn’t want to us to stay there. It isn’t about being perfect, but it is about addressing areas that we would rather keep hidden or separate.
We can’t afford to overlook our brokenness and need of a savior. Paul writes in Romans 10:13 that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Don’t overlook the areas of your life where sin is creating a mess, Jesus is willing and able to clean them up. And more often than not, we can’t clean them up under our own strength.