31 Days To Clean {Day 7: The Curse}

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We’re living {Living Life Fully Committed}. The focus right now? Our homes.

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Just joining us? We are now on Day 6 of Sarah Mae’s e-Book, 31 Days To Clean She takes us through Spring cleaning (or anytime cleaning) in simple manageable steps. If you missed any of the posts in this series, you can find them all {here}.

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The Curse

Friends, there is a reason that the laundry keeps piling up along with dishes, that the dust settles, and that work in general just seems so unproductive. Two words: The Curse… Our commands to rule, subdue, and be productive are all the harder to fulfill. Everything is heading toward decay, and we are striving against it.

-Sarah Mae

Freedom From The Curse

I wasn’t sure how to write this post. Although I think I understand Sarah Mae’s heart in this chapter, I just don’t see things this way. So bear with me as I try to get through Day 7.

I agree that The Fall of man, found in Genesis, ushered in toil in work and death. I agree that everything around us is headed towards decay.

However, I don’t live under the curse. The moment I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, I was freed from that curse. I’m no longer bound to death by Adams sin, instead I stand in righteousness, by the sacrifice of the second Adam, Jesus Christ.

For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

-Romans 5:17-21

This truth set me free.

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free,” (John 8:32)

And although Adam lost dominion in the garden, I don’t walk in that loss. I walk in the authority given to me by Jesus Christ. It’s the authority Paul talked about in Ephesians:

 17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

-Ephesians 1:17-23

For me, messy dishes and laundry piles do not make me feel like I’m up against The Curse. Instead, they remind me that I am blessed. They remind me that there was food on my table and that we have clothing to cover us. It reminds me that I have a God that takes care of our needs and that I have multiple reasons to be thankful.

In addition, the authority God has given me in the spiritual realm gives me the confidence to subdue the things in the physical realm as well, including my domain. I don’t feel like my surroundings have power over me because of The Fall. I feel empowered to steward what God has given me.

Today’s Challenge (from 31 Days To Clean)

Although I discussed my view on today’s reading, as always, I’ve provided below the Mary challenge from the eBook:

Mary Challenge: Read Romans 8:20-21. What is the hope in the curse? 

Martha Challenge:  Kitchen- clean out and organize your pantry

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Posted on May 8, 2013, in CLEANING, HOME & ORGANIZATION, HOME MANAGEMENT, ORGANIZING. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I LOVE your commentary! Once we are in Christ Jesus – there is no more curse. Rather than thinking about the “endless chores,” it’s so much better to thank God (and your husband) for a washing machine and dryer. Instead of complaining about heaps of dishes – thank God you don’t have to wash them in a cold stream, and that you even have dishes to eat out of, and pots to cook plentiful food in.

    And while folding your family’s clean clothing – try praying for each one of them – while you are handling their clothing. How wonderful to be in a constant state of praise for our Savior!

    Philippians 4:11
    Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

    Recurring dirt and messes are perfectly appropriate reminders of how sin is ever present – the same vigilance is required – EVERY DAY – to keep things in good order. Daily cleaning and straightening (for the external dirt) are right in line with daily prayer, Bible study, and confession (for the internal dirt.)

    • I wasn’t always thankful for the ‘chores’. I had to learn to walk in gratitude and thanksgiving. What a difference it makes. I heard that advice, about praying for each of your family members while folding clothes, years ago. And again, looking at the chore in a different light makes it holy. I no longer felt like I was wasting my life away.
      Thanks for sharing!

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