A home is not just a place to hang our hat, a place to get a hot shower, grab something to eat and sleep a bit before we run out and do it all again.
Home is our center! It is a place to rest, recharge, but mostly to be invested in.
It is the place, whether we live alone or our walls are bursting with people and noise, where we all work to come back to… or at least it should be.
As I stated the other day, “Ladies, if you aren’t making your house a home, WHO WILL?”
Food, laundry, shopping, organization, bill pay and cleaning are just the basics that need to be taken care of, and those all take time, energy and thought! OR maybe it doesn’t get done…then we don’t want to come home…and neither does anyone else.
But home is also where the most important relationships happen;
again they take TIME, ENERGY and PLANNING!
Actually, they take MORE time, energy and planning than housekeeping.
OR maybe the relationships are neglected just as our houses are neglected and we dread coming home to strife or loneliness?
The DUTY to impact our community is just as important as the upkeep of our home and the care of our family. Each Christian home should be it’s own mission base to reach out to the needy, and to be an example of and fight for what is right and good.
“…what does the LORD require of you but
to do justice,
and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
Our communities are a mess because our homes and families are a mess. Even Christians, especially Christians, have neglected their homes and their family relationships to go do ‘good work’ at the church building, turning charity over to the church budget committee and civil government.
Wouldn’t it be wiser… and more powerful to have 40 home mission bases in a community than just a few churches?
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God,
to visit orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Discipleship is ALL about relationships. And lasting relationships happen ONLY on a small scale.
If you have children at home, they will take the bulk of your time and energy. What you want to aim for is to raise them up to be strong in the faith and Godly character so that they will be equipped to establish their own home mission base one day.
Think about it. If you raise of 3 children to be productive, responsible and active members in your community, who reach out to the needy and share Truth, and then they raise up 4-5 more and they do the same then our communities will REALLY be impacted. But if your goal is to have more sheetrock and better things and more entertainment there will be no lasting impact.
The wisest of women builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.
So the question is, are you being a wise woman and building your home?
- Are you building your home mission base?
- Are you encouraging and helping your Captain (husband)? Titus 2
- Are you doing him good all the days of your life? Proverbs 31
- Are you training up warrior-servants (children) to go out into the world around them? Training takes YEARS, make sure they are ready first. This is a full time job!
- Are you reaching out to the needy? Proverbs 31
- Are you teaching or practicing hospitality? Romans
You and I, will account to the Almighty how we have built our home!