In ancient times, that’s what they did. However, this spring cleaning was not to rid the house of all the accumulated dirt from winter but to remove every bit of yeast or leaven in the house for Passover.
The Bible tells us yeast or leaven is a picture of sin in our lives.
Paul addressed the sin that had crept into the Corinthian church, “Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough?” (1 Cor. 5:6 NLT)
One day before He spoke to a gathering crowd, Jesus warned the disciples, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.” (Luke 12:1-2 NKJV)
In Greek, hypocrisy means to act under a feigned part, deceit, primarily denotes a reply, an answer, or answering, play-acting as actors spoke in dialogue, and therefore, meant pretense.
I love old dictionaries. The definitions are more, well, virtuous. Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language (1881) defines hypocrisy as feigning to be what one is not, concealment of one’s real character or motives, false appearance of virtue or religion.
It’s a pretense of having a virtuous character, religious beliefs, or principles that one does not really possess. Hiding the inward reality with an outward disguise.
Sometimes, we put up a false façade. Then, behind it, we compartmentalize our hearts, treating them like a chest of drawers. We hide wrong emotions in one drawer, dark sins in another, impure thoughts in another, and other things we don’t want others to know about into yet another drawer. We hide our true selves. We feign to be something we are not.
And we leave no room for the Lord!
Do we spring-clean the drawers of our heart as we do our homes? Do we shove things into those dark recesses of our heart’s drawers? Are we hypocritical about anything?
Rooting around in those dark drawers can be scary. We may not like what we find. And occasionally, we may not want to let go of that little secret we’ve hidden away for years. But we all need a good cleansing from time to time as we work with God to purge the undesirable impurities from our hearts.
Are there things you need to let go of this spring-cleaning season? Have you shoved so much into those drawers that there’s no room left for the Lord?
“Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” (1 Cor. 5:7 NKJV)
Do you need to let God go through your drawers?