A Home That’s Blessed
Joshua 24:11-15 & 2 Samuel 6:9-11
God began human existence with a marriage and a family. The first community that God established was a family and a home. He had relationship with man in the context of the family before the setting of the church. The Israelites did not have a formal place of worship until the Tabernacle of Moses. Previous to this, the place of worship was the home, and all worship was directed and lead by the head of the home, the husband and father – Deuteronomy 6:4-9. We have replaced the home with the church. For many Christians and their families all spirituality is exercised IN church, all prayer is IN church, all teaching is IN church – and not in the home. In too many Christian homes there has been an abdication of responsibility for godly leadership, family worship and spiritual discipleship.
How do we experience genuine divine blessing in our home? What can we do to reinitiate God’s pattern for the home?
CHOOSE TO MAKE YOUR HOME HIS HOME – Joshua 24:11-15 ……. “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” – Joshua made a choice for his home. His choice was for his household to serve one God only, to worship one God only. A choice against idolatry and for faithfulness. Regardless of the choices of others Joshua’s wife and children knew which way he would lead them. The challenges of Joshua’s day are no less than those we live among today. We have to choose to live according to God’s design for us in our homes & families.
WELCOME HIS PRESENCE TO YOUR HOME – 2 Samuel 6:9-11….. “The Lord blessed him and his entire household” For 3 months the most awesome symbol of God’s presence was seated in Obed-Edom’s home. Every day for 3 months they were aware that God was living with them, lodging in their lounge. When God’s presence is welcomed and encouraged a home is truly blessed. The box at the center of Obed-Edom’s house brought blessing. It reminded them DAILY of God’s presence and goodness to Israel, His faithfulness, promises, covenant, power and glory. Is there an altar in our home? – Not a construction of gold or stone put a heart to love and worship God.
BUILD AN ARK OF SALVATION IN YOUR HOME – Hebrews 11:7 …… By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. Noah did all he could to save his family from the impending judgement on the earth. He could not drag them into the ark – but he warned them and built their way of escape in his home. The salvation of our homes is of paramount importance. We cannot save our families only God can. But we can build in our homes what God has given us the design of and that is a home that always points our families to Jesus, the Savior.
So where do we begin? How do we initiate God’s for our home?
EXALT God in your home
EXAMPLE Christlikeness in your home
ENCOURAGE Faithfulness in your home
EDUCATE Your children in God’s ways in your home
ESTABLISH Godly values in your home