Is there enough evidence in your home that you are a follower of Jesus Christ that a visitor might be convicted by it? This is a choice that God gives us, a choice to center our home around faith or a facade.
Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
– Joshua 24:15
What happens behind the doors of your home? Is your home an incubator for faith? Ministry, your ministry, begins at home. When your faith works at home, you have the credibility to export it to other environments. Your home is, in a sense, your laboratory for living.
This doesn’t mean you’re without problems, conflicts, and challenges at home. On the contrary, when your faith sustains you through family difficulties, the way you walk through them is a witness to the world of your faith, and can become a compelling reason for others to follow Christ.
The question for you who are heads of household is this: “Are you the spiritual leader in your home?” As a single parent or father or mother in the home, do you model prayer and Bible study? Does the fruit of the Spirit flow from your character? Are you involved with a community of believers in a local church?
Belief in God is a choice. So is establishing a household of faith. What are some wise choices you can make to establish faith in your household? Begin by developing an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Once you are born again, you have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to grow in your knowledge and in your relationship with Jesus. Learn the Bible, apply it to your life, and let God change you from the inside out.
A faithful home doesn’t mean you’re without problems, conflicts, and challenges, but your faith in these times can become a compelling reason for others to follow Christ.
Next, challenge your family to do the same. Create a culture of prayer that becomes a catalyst for their time with Christ. Family devotions, small groups with other believers, and family journaling are a few ways to feed the faith appetite of your loved ones. Take your family to church. This sets the stage for a week of faith and obedience.
Maybe you read a chapter in Proverbs over dinner. Pray with your spouse. Turn off the television one night a week for 30 minutes to discuss God’s Word. If you have small children, act out a Bible story in a play. Pray for one another frequently. Teach your children to pray for the sick, the lost, and the hurting.
Model for them the joy of generous giving and serving. Share with them how you make decisions about giving. Bring them with you when you serve the homeless, the orphans, and the elderly. You can even invite some of these people into your home.
Talk with your family about your own struggles and failures and God’s faithfulness to answer prayer and take care of you in spite of your mistakes. Your family needs to see you vulnerable as much as they need to see you confident.
Facilitating faith in your home requires a daily choice.
This is one reason Jesus prayed, “Give us each day our daily bread’” (Luke 11:3). We all need to rely on him daily.
Heavenly Father, by your grace and through your Son, continue to grow all of our homes into households of faith.
Want to share more with your family about the works of Jesus bringing a whole household to faith? Read John 4:43-53, and discuss it together.