What does it take to have a Christ-honoring home? Is that something we really want? How badly?
21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer stepping into a noose
23 till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.
It’s important to realize that temptation is everywhere. Satan has done a GREAT job of bringing it right into our homes–not that we needed a lot of help being tempted. We are quite capable of taking any good pleasure and turning it into an obsession. Beth Moore says that she is twice the enemy to herself than Satan ever thought about being. All we need is a suggestion and off we go, not knowing nor even caring–at the time–what the cost will be.
When Solomon’s temple was dedicated (see 2 Chronicles 5-7), it became the “home” of God. Solomon knew that God was too big to actually live in the temple, but he prayed that God would turn His attention, His eyes, toward the temple (2 Chronicles 6:18-21). The famous verse, 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” is taken from Solomon’s conversation with God after the dedication. Here are the next two verses:
15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
We know that at Pentecost, God made our hearts His home. We are now mobile temples! 1 Corinthians 6:19 confirms it: Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? One day, we know that God will once again turn His full attention toward Jerusalem (Isaiah is chocked full of prophecies and verses about God’s unending love for Jerusalem, the temple, and the people of Israel), but we also know that Him living in our hearts was where He has been heading since the Fall (see Genesis 3:15). Installing His Spirit in each believer is exactly what Christ intended when He went to the cross:
7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. John 15:7
27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
We are now our own priests to God! Peter even calls us “a royal priesthood.” Therefore, WE are responsible for what goes on in our homes. WE are responsible for the spiritual barometer of our homes. WE are responsible for Christ being “the head of the home, the unseen guest of every meal, the silent listener to every conversation.” WE must dedicate our homes to Him for His glory–whatever that takes!
God consecrated the temple for Himself; I believe He does the same thing with us. May we take our consecration seriously every day. May we dedicate ourselves first and then our house and household. Who knows? One day–soon–we may be having church in our homes with YOU leading!
Abba, we know that “as goes the family, so goes the nation.” Even households of one need to be consecrated unto You. So, I pray for all my readers that they would dedicate themselves to You each morning, committing themselves to prayer and Bible study, and then dedicate their households to You, committing themselves to creating and keeping a godly atmosphere in the home. This action by itself will bring revival to Your church! May it be so, O Lord. Make it happen. Amen.