• Jennifer

A Place Called Home

Can you feel that? Fall has finally arrived.

With this change in seasons comes a few of my favorite things: cool weather, seasonal candles, and all things holidays!

About this time each year, my heart starts turning towards home. As Laura Ingles Wilder says, “Home is the nicest word there is.”

Soon, much of my life will be centered around this place called home. Coming are holiday celebrations with family, long winter nights cozied-up at home (I like to hibernate), and lots of homey meals, aka comfort food.

Home can be a happy place- where we rest, where we’re safe, and where we belong.

For me, settling into a home comes easily. I love growing roots, and I want them to run deep. My homemaking nature comes in handy when I’m trying to build a home, but it can be a hindrance to my eternal mission.

My roots can only go so deep in this earth’s soil.

Find Your Home In Him

And Jesus answered Him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’ John 14:23 ESV

Maybe you are like so many people and the idea of a home that’s restful and safe is a foreign concept to you. You didn’t grow up in a house where you felt like you belonged. And because of wounds from your past, you struggle with the concept of a happy home even now. If this is you, may I challenge you to seek healing for those wounds? Ask God to reveal His design for home to you. Most importantly, ask Him to make His home with you.

For us to truly feel at home, there must be a sense of rest, safety, and belonging. Though they do not always permeate our earthly homes, these qualities can be found in our relationship with our God. He promised in John 14:23 that as we keep His word, He comes and makes His home with us.

Home in the Father and Son is truly the only home that matters this side of Heaven.

And we get to reflect God’s love in the very homes we build.

Use Your Home for A Kingdom Purpose

Our homes are a gift. One of the greatest ways we can thank God for this gift is to use our homes for His Kingdom. And we each have a small window of opportunity to do that.

So, how can we use our homes for Kingdom purposes?

By Loving Those Within Our Walls Well

If we aren’t loving the people God’s given us in our homes, how can we love the people outside our doors? The home is our number one mission field. This goes for those who live alone or have roommates as well. Our homes are where we serve first, where we speak Truth first, where we offer encouragement and counsel first, and where we give ourselves first.

We can’t love our neighbor and ignore our families (or roommates, as the case may be). Do people feel safe and secure in your home? Is there a sense of belonging for everyone? Is there peace? If we’re failing in our homes, we’ve already failed the world.

By Welcoming Our Neighbors In

Opening up our homes comes easy for some people. Others not so much. I’m one of those people who likes to invite people over! It comes naturally for me to serve guests, but that’s not the case for everyone.

For some people, homes are a sacred place for just their families. To invite someone in would disrupt the peace. I get that. But can I push a little here? What better way to serve your friends and neighbors than to offer them your most sacred space? Not to give them free rein, but to offer them a moment in your home.

Let them experience the rest, safety, and security you feel within the walls of your home. What would happen if you sacrificed one night in your home for someone else?

I talk more about the importance of community in my post, “Finding Community In A New Season.”

By Sharing God’s Word

One of the best ways to use your home for a Kingdom purpose is to share God’s Word there. We will find no greater use for our homes than to serve as a basecamp for the Gospel. From night time prayers with your kids to Bible-centered conversations with friends, God’s Word should float through our homes daily. This is where it all begins. Truth sharing starts with our families, expands to our neighbors, and reaches to the world.

No special talents are required to use your home for a Kingdom purpose, only a willing heart. Don’t let home repairs left undone or dirty dishes keep you from offering up your home (speaking to the choir here). Perfection is not the point. Invite others in even if the circumstances aren’t ideal.

Hospitality reaches far beyond the chipped paint and messy floors.

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35 ESV

Remember This Is Not Your Final Home

In my father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:2-3, ESV

Jesus promised in His last days on earth that He would be returning for us one day. For generations, we have waited. Because of the delay, we have made this earth our home.

That’s normal.

But here’s the thing, we will be going home one day. Our home being prepared for us by Jesus Himself. On that day, our present lives will fade and those of us who have depended on Jesus Christ for salvation will open our eyes in our heavenly home.

This isn’t fairytale stuff, guys. It’s the real deal. The eternal.

As time passes, we become weary in the waiting. Life happens and we get distracted.

Don’t do it.

As Believers, we have wonderful things to look forward to. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known (vs. 12).” We can’t even comprehend the magnificence of it. Just reminding ourselves of the Truth would help us endure some of our hardest days. But we should also be sobered by the Truth. Eternity with Jesus is not going to be a reality for everyone.

Could we change that for someone?

What if we used our homes as a basecamp for the Gospel? We’d start by preaching it to ourselves and our loved ones. Next, we invite our friends, neighbors, and the broken around us. With doors open, arms extended, and minds set on eternity, we can be used by God to change someone’s eternity.

All of this can happen in a place called home.

What about you? How can you use your home for Kingdom purposes today?

Verses For Further Study:

2 Corinthians 5:1-2 ESV: For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling

Psalm 84: 3-4 ESV: Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah

2 Corinthians 5:6-9 ESV: So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.

John 1:14 ESV: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.