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Creating a house characterized by love, truth, peace, and joy is one of my foremost goals as a Christian woman. I want to leave a legacy of faith, and I want my children to remember their childhood as one established in a Christ-centered home. They may be young, but I must be purposeful right now if we are to begin building faith at home.
Proverbs 24:3-4 – By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
The foundation of a Christ-centered home is the Word of God
Deuteronomy 6:6-7- And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
A few years ago, we moved into a brand new neighborhood. As construction continued to take place around us, my oldest would excitedly watch for the “big trucks” and other construction equipment. One thing that stuck out to me was how much time and attention the construction workers placed on building the foundation. After the concrete was poured and set, the rest of the building seemed to happen quickly.
Building faith at home starts with your saturation in the Word. The Israelites were commanded to speak of God’s words and commands continually, teaching them diligently to the next generation.
Commenting on this passage, Nancy Guthrie says (The Lamb of God), “What God has said cannot be taken lightly. It must be worked into the fabric of their lives, becoming the fodder for their conversations and the very foundation of their homes.” Mamas, the only way to build faith at home is to have your faith so rooted in the truth of God’s words that it overflows into everything you say and do.
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Build a home of faith through wisdom
2 Timothy 3:14-15 – But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
A home founded on the Word is then build up through wisdom in the Word. When we saturate our minds with the Word of God, we begin thinking deeply about who He is and what He has done.
“Scripture has many uses, but its primary purpose is to give the message of salvation by grace through faith in Christ that we might be redeemed from sin and death and thus bring God’s will to bear on earth. This message is not learned once but is to be heard time and again through the consistent hearing of the Word”. – (From Wisdom for Salvation – Ligonier Ministries)
What a legacy to leave your children – one where they repeatedly heard about God and His plan of salvation! You may never visibly see the generational impact of raising your children in a Christ-centered home, but I pray that you find hope in the future reward of your current faithfulness in motherhood. Imagine glorifying God for eternity with generations of your family members!
Establish and fill a Christ-centered home by understanding and knowledge
Colossians 1:9-10 “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…”
Taking care of a home sometimes feels like being stuck in a never-ending cycle of chores. After a long day, my husband stood in front of a sink overflowing with dishes and remarked, “didn’t we just clean these?” Although seemingly mundane and monotonous, taking care of these daily tasks is a necessary part of maintaining your home.
In the same way, once we have heard the Gospel, we don’t put it off, never to consider it again. The Word of God is not only able to make us “wise for Salvation,” but the Holy Spirit also uses it for our spiritual growth.
The Christ-centered home is not one that falls into disarray after being built but instead is continually filled with good and beautiful things. Some days this growth and maintenance may feel never-ending or fruitless, but the Word commands us to persevere and keep a disciplined faith. Our God and our eternal hope are worth the labor. Do your actions and attitude reflect this to your children?
The fruit of the Christian home
I pray that your relationship with Christ overflows into all of your thoughts, actions, and words. May you so value His Words that you desire to build and establish your home on its truths. The fruit of persevering in this work is far greater than you could imagine.
“This side of heaven, home should be a place where faith, hope, and love flourish. Faith in the sure work of Christ crucified and resurrected. Hope in the power of the gospel to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. And love for a triune God whose glory and beauty knows no end. The Christian home in a fallen world is a place of rooted optimism. Rooted in the place where God has called us and optimistic about a far greater place He is preparing for us. The home front is the forlorn battlefield of the cultural wars. In our strivings to defend the gospel against doctrinal decline in the church and increasing secularism in the culture, we must not forget the importance of cultivating virtue in the home. For the church to remain a city on the hill, the light of the gospel must shine brightly in the home.” from A Theology of the Home – Ligonier Ministries
What does it look like, practically, to build a Christ-centered home?
Let’s talk about this! Let me know in the comments.