Spring Cleaning – Uncluttered

Uncluttered – Swipe Up
Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree
How many of you have a smart phone?
How many of you have it with you today?
How many of you have looked at your phone during the service today?
How many of you with smart phones experience phantom vibration or ringing?
How many of you can ignore an incoming call without even looking to see who’s calling?
How many of you check your phone in the middle of the night?
How many apps do you have open right now on your phone?
Maybe it’s time for some of us to swipe up!
Swiping UP is a method on the iPhone to close out apps that are running in the background.
These running apps drain battery power and they use memory.
Did you know that the average American household has over 3000 items in it?
How many items in your house are rarely or never used?
How much time do you spend organizing your things at home?
How much time do you spend thinking about and arguing about the clutter in your home?
Are you a hoarder, probably not. Ladies, do you think your husband is a hoarder?
In this new series called Spring Cleaning we’ll look at some of the clutter in our lives and we’ll make some decisions about what can stay and what has to go.
We’re not going to be spending time on decluttering our computers and smart phones.
We won’t talk about decluttering our pantry, shed, garage, basements or closets.
But we will talk about decluttering our heart, our mind, our soul. We’ll talk about decluttering our memories and dreams for the future and hopefully, we’ll have less stress and more free time in our lives.
In Jesus’ time how many laws do you think there were for the Jewish people?
It’s said that there were 613 of them!
They say that there were 365 negative ones, don’t do and there were 248 positive ones, do these. Isn’t is interesting that when Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment He answered the question in this way…Love God & Love People
Matthew 22:34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Perhaps Jesus was interested in decluttering people’s lives. Perhaps He wanted to reduce things down to the least common denominator. Keeping up with all those laws was soul stressing that’s why Jesus said this…Matthew 11:28-30
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.   The early Church had it right – they simply wanted to focus on the less cluttered life.
Acts 2:42 They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.
If you want to declutter your life get rid of the things that prevent you from loving God and loving others.
If you want the things that faith brings then bring the things that bring faith.