We must make a clean space for God's Grace to settle in. When we truly give ourselves over to house cleaning as many may do in recovery work (step 4~especially), or other Spiritual practices, we become truly born again. Look at it this way, we cannot put good things into a big barrel if the barrel is loaded up with tons of junk. It just will not work. Clean house, trust God, serve others!
A Course in Miracles
(1st paragraph~entire lesson is found~pg.~323~workbook for students)
By grace I live. By grace I am released.
Grace is an aspect of the Love of God which is most like the state prevailing in the unity of truth. It is the world's most lofty aspiration, for it leads beyond the world entirely. It is past learning, yet the goal of learning, for grace cannot come until the mind prepares itself for true acceptance. Grace becomes inevitable instantly in those who have prepared a table where it can be gently laid and willingly received; an altar clean and holy for the gift.