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A Christ-centered home is best described as one where God’s love reigns supreme. This results in consideration of others in all situations. A desire for it comes first. God gives us a wonderful promise to believe: “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”
After desire, then we must make a decision. We must decide, just as Joshua told the children of Israel so many years ago, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
The people had to decide whether they would obey the Lord, who had proven His trustworthiness, or obey the local gods, which were only man-made idols. It’s easy to slip into a quiet rebellion – going about life in your own way. But the time comes when you have to choose who or what will control you. The choice is yours. Will it be God, your own limited personality, or another imperfect substitute? Once you have chosen to be controlled by God’s Spirit, reaffirm your choice everyday.
When the decision has been made by both husband and wife, all things within our houses will fall into place under the authority of God. As our personal lives become Christ-centered, so our homes, in turn will be Christ-centered. In taking a definite stand for the Lord, Joshua again displayed his spiritual leadership. Regardless of what others decided, Joshua had made a commitment to God, and he was willing to set the example of living by that decision. The way we live shows others that strength of our commitment to serving God.
One of the best-known and biggest problems in a Christ-centered home is raising children for the Lord. One of the first things parents can do is to dedicate them to the Lord when they are born. Luke 2:22 tells us this; “Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord” We can only truly do this as we ourselves are His and have surrendered our lives to Him, as we are admonished to do in the 12th chapters of Romans.
We, as parents who love our children, must nonetheless discipline them. Proverbs 22:6 promises us: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” “In the way he should go” is literally, “according to his way.” It is natural to want to bring up all our children alike or train them the same way. This verse implies that parents should discern the individuality and special strengths that God has given each one. While we should not condone or excuse self-will, each child has natural inclinations that parents can develop. By talking to teachers, other parents, and grandparents, we can better discern and develop the individual capabilities of each child. With that being said…many parents want to make all the choices for their child, but this hurts him or her in the long run. When parents teach a child how to make decisions, they don’t have to watch every step he or she takes. They know their children will remain on the right path because they have made the choice themselves. Train your children to choose the right way, God’s way. If you teach them WITH a desire to learn more about God, then they will desire to learn more about God.
To summarize the essentials of a Christ-centered home, we must first desire one, then decide to have one, let Him have dominion in our lives, determine to carry our decisions through, dedicate our all to the Lord, discipline our children, diligently teach the Word, do things together, take our daily decisions to the Lord, have family devotions, direct our thoughts and actions upward, and have personal time with the Lord ourselves.
If we are ever going to change the way the world thinks, we MUST first start with ourselves. Then we must teach our children to make selfless decisions for the Lord and His kingdom. Then and only then will we be able to live a life totally for Him.
What decision will you make today for the Lord.