Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1
May I ask you a question? Is yours a Christian home or a Christ-centered home?
What’s the difference, you ask? What is a “Christ-centered home? One thing’s certain: it’s not a home governed by dead, restrictive, “religious” rules. Instead, it’s a place where occupants sense that they belong, to God and each other – where people speak and act and relate to one another in the awareness that Jesus Himself is an intimately concerned participant in everything they do.
What does this look like? It looks different for every home, but I assure you at least two traits are expressed through Christ-centered homes:
A Christ-centered home is saturated with grace. It’s a safe place to mess up. Family members need the ointment of grace applied to the wounds of their hearts. There’s enough hostility, judgment, sarcasm, and antagonism out in the world. Home is designed to be a refuge where the hurting can find comfort, rest, hope, and healing.
A Christ-centered home is built on God’s purposes for every member of the household. It’s a place where the family’s goals are founded upon His values and where the corporate vision of the future is consistent with His redemptive plan. Occupants in a Christ-centered home see relationships as a sacred stewardship. The desire is to leverage what we have, what we do, and who we do it with for the glory of God and for the eternal good of people.
For the next eight weeks, we are going to look at the start of Jesus’ most famous sermon He ever gave, The Sermon on the Mount, and look at both the blueprint for and the building materials of a Christ-centered home. It’s a series we’re calling Bless this Home.
Jesus wants to turn all our houses, apartments, condos, trailers – wherever we live – into homes. A house is where people live — a home is where people love! Despite mounting cultural pressures on homes, through Christ, we really can cultivate strong marriages, confident parenting, and empowered kids, in a healthy, life-giving home that weathers life’s storms and makes an eternal difference.
In Bless This Home, we will rediscover God’s design for a home that is centered on Christ, and it all starts this weekend! I look forward to unpacking the first trait of a blessed home from Matthew 5:6 with you this weekend.
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