Organizing the Clutter
Josiah’s is one of the most radical conversions recorded in the Bible with the possible exception of Paul’s on the road to Damascus experience. Although Josiah was a good ruler following in the footsteps of David, the temple was evidently cluttered with lax practices and had decayed into a state of disrepair. In Josiah’s case, the adage “Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” holds true for it is in the restoration and cleaning of the temple that Josiah discovers Israel’s true faith. From that point on, Josiah and the people worked to make the word of God the primary law of their lives.
Today, we Christians have the gospel but sometimes cannot recognize it among the clutter. Perhaps a cleaning and “putting away” is in order for us to see the gospel and how it is lived out in our lives.
—Rev. Elinor Swindle Brown
- Has there been a time in your life when you have acted with such passion toward your faith and the gospel as Josiah did? Have you ever wanted to?
- How did Josiah act upon his stewardship of his faith in God?
- By his actions, what feelings do you think Josiah had from the beginning of the passage to its conclusion?
- Do you see signs of God working in the story of Josiah to bring about a more faithful Israel? Where? Do you see these or other signs in our world today?
How Do I Act?
- With other family members, write how faith in God has been lived out by your ancestors. List ways your family is now living out the gospel in all aspects of your lives. Add to that list, ways in which you as a family would like to live out your faith in the future. Think of a plan to do some of these things and post it where it will be seen by every family member daily such as on the refrigerator. Plan to get back together especially to discuss how the plans are working out.
- Offer your help on a renovation project that your church or a home bound church member might need done. If you have no experience in renovation, perhaps you might organize the workers, fix meals for the workers or keep the home bound recipient in your home until the project’s completion (if the project is large enough to make this kind of service necessary).
- Pray a prayer of confession for those things that clutter your life and cause the gospel to get lost or covered up. Pray for forgiveness and for the strength to remove clutter from your life.
- Plan a cleaning project for your own home. Tackle one of those “hard to find the time” places that has been waiting for some time. After your clean up, do something restful like taking a bubble bath or enjoying nature with a long walk. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment and the wonderful gift of health you have been given to have accomplished such a task.