Jamie Fuller | Servant Coordinator
Create in me a clean heart, O God.Psalm 51:10
The junk drawer.
Most of us have one, either at work or at home, or both. The handy dandy drawer that collects random items like a vacuum. It’s the drawer you probably need to clean out and definitely don’t want anyone to see.
It’s the spot where you put things that don’t have a real place, don’t want to deal with, part with, or that just might come in useful someday. (i.e., a safety pin, stale stick of gum, an old AAA battery, or a dried-up sharpie marker).
On two recent occasions, I opened the junk drawer at my desk, and both times I exclaimed something. The first time, I said, “Ugh, this is such a picture of my life.” The second time, two friends happened to be standing close enough to my desk to see what a wreck it is, so when I opened it and they had a clear view of this travesty, I said, “Don’t look at my mess!”
I was commenting about this junk drawer phenomenon to another coworker and he said, “Oh I have one at home and at work and I know EXACTLY what is in it. It’s my stuff.”
So, what’s the big deal? Aren’t we all entitled to a space where we allow ourselves to collect clutter? Don’t I deserve a spot that I don’t have to manage? Shouldn’t there be a place where I have the freedom to toss things I don’t want to deal with, get rid of, leave totally unorganized, or maybe even hide things in? Perhaps, if I leave something in the junk drawer abyss long enough, I will forget about it completely.
We can have spiritual junk in our hearts and there is one place to bring it all. This place of freedom that we desire is at the foot of the cross. There are things we can’t manage on our own and at the top of the list is our sin.
Jesus can handle the junk drawer of our hearts. He can help us with all those things we’ve acquired over time that are stuffed in the depths of our souls that we can’t let go of, don’t know what to do with, are never going to throw away or are holding on to, just in case.
He can look straight at our mess and still love us.
He was there when it happened and He’s seen it accumulate.
He offers us a recycle bin of grace and can take our junk and turn it in to something for His purposes and glory.
What’s in the junk drawer of your heart? Are you ashamed to open it up? Do you need to take the mess to the foot of the cross where freedom is found? Ask Him what you need to keep (truth) and what you need to throw away(lies).
He’s not afraid of what’s in your junk drawer. He sees it all and He loves you anyway.