This may be stated from a distinctly male perspective, but one of the problems with cleaning anything is that you never know when to stop. For example, I have gone outside to wash a car before and ended up washing it, vacuuming it, waxing it, changing the oil, and rotating the tires. I will start to do one task that is sufficient to itself, and it seems like I can keep finding and keep finding things that need to be done. If you, too, have ever experienced anything like this, then you might have the tendency to not even begin a task because you know the end may not be anywhere in sight.
The psalmist had this to say of the enemies of righteousness in Psalm 10:15—“Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; Seek out his wickedness until You find none.” David was imploring God to begin an investigation of the wrongdoing of his enemies, and not just gather enough evidence to indict them of sin, but to keep on investigating until there was nothing left to discover! David wanted God to bring every one of their transgressions into judgment. We’re not talking about enough evidence for a little jail time, but David hopes God will find enough for multiple life sentences! That’s the idea of Psalm 10:15.
That may sound like a good thing for God to do to others, but what if God were to begin such an investigation on you? What would God discover? Where should God stop His investigation? Where would you like for God to stop His investigation? Knowing that God will bring “every secret thing” into judgment (Ecclesiastes 12:14), we should realize that He already has more than sufficient evidence for a conviction!
But could this be why sometimes we are afraid to begin rooting sin out of our lives? Could it be that we are afraid that if we get started, we might not find a convenient stopping point? Do not be afraid to dig into your own life, for God already has! Thankfully, we serve a God who is rich in mercy (Ephesians 2:4), full of grace (Colossians 1:6), and who will judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:31). Despite our condition as sinners (Romans 3:23), we are able to approach His throne of grace with boldness (Hebrews 4:16). Instead of God “seeking out our wickedness,” God has promised to remember our sins no more (Hebrews 10:17).
We should not be afraid to clean up our lives! To the contrary, we should be thankful for the chance God gives us to be justified in His sight. “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). The time to clean your life up is now!