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I remember when I just got married and my wife moved in for us to start our new life together, the first thing she did immediately she moved in was to start identifying all the old stuff in the house she didn’t want to see anymore. I had lived in that house alone all the while and never cared about all those stuff; I was very comfortable with those items in the house. I never thought they were old and needed to be put away. My wife moved in and suddenly tagged a lot of items as junk and too old to be a part of our new home. She literally scanned through the entire house and picked out some items and said to me, “Babe, I’m throwing away these items or you find someone to give them to…” When I saw the items, she referred to, I screamed, “Hey! Babe, do you want to empty this house?” and said to me, “we just have to do away with all those, we are going shopping to replace them, I’m drawing up a shopping list.” At first, I was so reluctant to let go of the items she insisted on putting away. To me they we not bad and there was no need replacing them, but when I noticed she was serious I finally gave in. We later went to do some serious shopping to get some new household items for the house.

I remember that period we wedded, my firm was handling a construction project somewhere in Afikpo, Ebonyi State. So, I traveled to Afikpo for work and I was away for some days. When I returned I could not recognize the house again, she had literally overhauled the house. She had cleaned up every nook and cranny of the house. The bathrooms were sparkling clean like the wares inside were newly bought. Actually, my wife has an ‘obsessive-compulsive (cleaning) disorder’ (though she never admits, lol), she can spend an entire day cleaning. So, I got back from Afikpo and everywhere was sparkling. I never knew my house could be that clean.

I had always thought I was a very neat guy because I always tried to keep my house clean before I got married, at least to my standard of cleanliness. But, when my wife came in and gave it the Midas touch, everywhere was transformed. I never imagined my house could look that sparkling clean until my wife stepped in and then I realized how untidy it actually was. I was very comfortable the way my house had been all the while, and was even attempting to discourage my wife from putting away the items she picked out. I was having a tendency to hold back to the way I’ve always lived, but after I returned from Afikpo and I saw how she had turned everywhere around, I started asking myself, how was I actually comfortably living in this house the way it was?

Now, that’s the exact situation with many of us. We get so used to our old life style and junk stuff in our lives that we really should be putting away. We get so comfortable with things in our lives that we really should have outgrown and put away, simply because we have failed to, (or probably no one has opened up our eyes to) see the need to do away with them. I would have been living with those old items and untidiness thinking the house was tidy enough, if my wife did not step in and changed my perspective to a tidy house.

So many people are living so comfortably in an old life style, putting up so well with junk stuff in their lives, without realizing that there is a provision for a better life style, far better than the one they are currently living. That’s also what the devil does to many people. The devil has kept many people blinded, so that they are so cool and comfortable in their sinful life style, and he does not want them to realize the true riches of the glorious life Jesus Christ has made available for everyone.

The bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

The bible refers to the devil as the “god of this world” and it says the devil has blinded the minds of many. It’s not talking of physical blindness, rather spiritual blindness of the mind. There is a greater light and a glorious life that Christ has made available for everyone, but before anyone can have access to it, he/she must be stripped of their blindfold. The nature of the old man in them will not allow them see the better life God has designed for us all.

I want to ask you, are you still living in the nature of your old life style? Or have you embraced the life Christ Jesus has made available for you? The life of sin will never allow you enjoy this glorious life of righteousness, peace and joy in Christ. I want to invite you to embrace the glorious life in Christ. It is beyond mere going to church, or being raised by Godly parents. It’s a personal relationship with Jesus. Here’s what the Bible demands of you in Ephesians 4:22-24 (TLB)

22 then throw off your old evil nature—the old you that was a partner in your evil ways—rotten through and through, full of lust and shame. 23 Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. 24 Yes, you must be a new and different person, holy and good. Clothe yourself with this new nature.”

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