It's fascinating to me because the people who hoard, eventually render their homes useless. They can't eat in the dining room. They can't cook in the kitchen. They can't bathe in their bathrooms. They can't live in the living room. They can't sleep in the bedroom. Their stuff keeps them from using their homes for their intended purpose and still they refuse to let it go. They are comfortable with the junk in their homes. It's what they know. They even choose their stuff over people.
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble... If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21)
It's not just our houses that need cleaning. It's our lives. What are we holding onto that keeps us from being useful? What attitudes, habits, actions, or thoughts are we refusing to let go of even though they keep us from being all that we were meant to be? What junk have we gotten so comfortable with that we would rather be miserable than let it go? What behaviors are we hanging onto even though they hurt the people around us?
"Lord, I don't want to be a hoarder. I don't want to keep things in my life that are ignoble (common, inferior, vulgar or mean). I want to be an instrument for noble purposes--holy and useful to you--ready to do any good work. Lord help me get rid of pride and judgement. Rid my mouth of godless chatter. Rid my thoughts of negativity and hopelessness. Sweep away anger and impatience. Make me holy, not to draw people to me, but to point them to you."