- Homes that Speak -
by, Jan 3rd 2011 at 08:32 PM (336 Views)
Deuteronomy 6:6, 9, "These words shall be in your heart You shall write them on the doorposts of your house"
1 Thessalonians 1:8, And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don't need to tell them about it
What does your home tell people regarding your life? Shortly after Scottish preacher G. Campbell Morgan's wedding, his father visited the home the newly-weds had just furnished and decorated. After they had shown him their home with pride and satisfaction, he remarked, "Yes, it's very nice, but no one walking through here would know whether you belong to God or the devil." Morgan was shocked by his father's gruff but well-meaning comment. But he got the point. From that day forward, he made certain that in every room of his home there was some evidence of their faith in Christ. Many believers make an effort to include reminders of God's grace and goodness in their homes. Just a Bible verse inscribed on a plaque or a tasteful work of art with a Christian theme may be all that is needed to encourage family members to serve and praise the Lord daily. Then too, the presence of Christian books and magazines can foster meditation on God's Word. Such quiet testimonies may also open opportunities to speak to houseguests about the joy and goodness of the Lord.
Sometime ago I read an article about Ivan who was a brilliant engineer and highly respected by his co-workers. But sometimes they called him "Deacon" or "Parson" because he had a deep religious faith and he didn't hide it. For example, every day at lunch, Ivan would bow his head over a little brown bag and thank God for his food. Jean Zeiler, who worked with Ivan, was intrigued by his consistent testimony. She wanted to find out what made him so different. She found her answer in a book Ivan told her about, the Bible, God's Word. After buying one for herself and reading it three times, she came to know Jesus Christ in a personal way as her Savior. Later Ivan told Jean, "I used to wonder if I would ever lead anyone to Christ." However, his quiet witness was not only the key to Jean's salvation; it also challenges thousands as she now travels throughout the world giving her testimony. This illustration reminded me of the apostle Paul when he told the persecuted Thessalonian believers that their "faith toward God" was touching lives in far-off places. That must have encouraged them to remain faithful to the Savior.
We too must never underestimate the impact we can have for Jesus Christ. When we live for Him in our workplace (as Ivan did), in our home (as Morgan) and also in our neighborhood, and surrounding community, we most certainly will send forth a quiet, but clear message that will be heard and used by our Lord, Jesus Christ. Oh, Lord, help each of us who know you as our Savior to be a consistent and faithful witness for You wherever you have placed us. If people should enter your home today could they tell you were walking in Jesus' way? Would Bible and books within your home tell them what you read, and would scriptural motto's or pictures proclaim your creed?
If nothing else is gleaned from this post always remember this What's in your home mirrors what's in your heart!