HOW “CHRISTIAN” IS YOUR HOME?
The home is the oldest institution on earth. When God created Adam and Eve, this was the beginning of the home. The home is a sacred institution, and can never be what God wants it to be unless it is a Christian home. It is to your own benefit to make it thus. If you have a truly Christian home you will have a happier life here on this earth and an eternal home with God in the life that follows. There are some important truths that must be recognized in the area of the home if we are to be well pleasing to God. It cannot be a part-time Christian home. Christianity is not something that can be turned on and off like the water faucet; it is not something to be used to impress the brethren. If yours is to be a Christian home, then Christ must be its head—your life must be centered around Christ and his church, not for a few hours a week, but twenty-four hours a day, day after day. It is possible for one member of the family to be a Christian when the other members are not, but it is much more difficult. How much happier the home can be when both the husband and wife are faithful Christians. When this is the case, the children will much more likely be faithful Christians.
But, what determines whether a home is a Christian home or not? It can be a home where the family members are church members but not genuine Christians. We only deceive ourselves if we think that God will accept half-hearted service. If we do not give God our hearts completely, he will not accept anything less. If a church member is always looking for an excuse not to attend worship; visit the sick, encourage other members, or teach the lost, he is only a church member; he hasn’t yet given his heart completely to God. When the apostle Paul said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God…” (Rom.12:1) this is exactly what he meant. If we are not willing to serve God to the extent that we sacrifice some of our comforts, our pleasures, our money, and our time, then we are mere members instead of Christians; and thus, our homes are not Christian homes, and heaven will never be our destination. However, let me urge you, love God; serve him faithfully, and make your home a real Christian home, that you may enjoy that eternal home with God!