Having some key principles for creating a Christ-centered home is one of the greatest ways that we, as Christian women, can serve, love, and nurture those dearest to us.
Home. Where many of my most precious moments are made. My battleground where many of my hardest trials are endured and fought through. A sanctuary where I meet with the Lord each day. The place where my husband and I learn to love, honor and sacrifice for the other.
I’m a firm believer in living intentionally – in asking ourselves why we do what we do.
Therefore, it’s good to ask the following question…
Why is creating a Christ-centered home important?
1. Because We Want to Honor God in Everything
“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” – Colossians 3:12-17 (context)
If the home is where we spend much of our time, and we want to obey this command to do all things in the name of the Lord, we must create an atmosphere within our homes where Christ is the focus of what we do, say, and think.
2. Because We Want to Cultivate a Love for God and Love for Others
The two greatest commands that were given to us are regarding love. Love God and love others.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27
Our home should be a place where we grow together in learning how to love God and each other better.
The following is a list of the principles I have created for my home to help me achieve these goals.
A Christ-Centered Home Is A Refuge
My home is a place of rest (Luke 1:23) where my family and I can live together and love each other in joy (2 Chronicles 7:10) and peace (2 Corinthians 13:11, Romans 14:19). A place to seek and receive the nourishment needed to live life in this world in faith and gratitude.
This means I should try to maintain an atmosphere of order to minimize the stress and tension that comes with constant chaos and disorganization.
A Christ-Centered Home is Holy
We are a people, and a family set apart for the Lord. “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16. My home should be a place reflecting this truth. If there are any destructive influences intruding my home through devices, media or TV they need to be put aside. My home should be a place that does not grieve or quench the Holy Spirit abiding in us.
A Christ-Centered Home is for Teaching
My home is a place to teach my children. Not only teach knowledge and life skills but more importantly to teach them to know God by reading and memorizing the Truth in His Word and by helping them experience His hand in their lives.
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” ~ Deuteronomy 11:19
A Christ-Centered Home is for Communion
My home is a place for fellowship with God and fellowship with other believers.
“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ”. ~ 1 John 1:3.
Am I engaging in a consistent relationship with Him through prayer, praise and reading His Word? Do I encourage my family to do this as well? How often do I invite others into my home to enjoy His presence as we encourage, provoke and build each other up?
A Christ-Centered Home is for Serving
My home is a place for my family to serve each other and to serve others.
“He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” ~ Luke 14:12-14
Do I regularly consider how I may serve my family and others from my home?
How About You?
What are some ways that you and your family make an intentional effort to keep a Christ-centered home? I would love to hear your thoughts!