There’s a meme circulating on social media depicting Satan saying to God, “With COVID-19, I closed your churches!” and God replied, “On the contrary, I just opened one in every home!”
A church in every home! What a concept! I wonder if being at home is more than a by-product of social distancing. Maybe, just maybe, we’re in our homes because God wants to meet with our families.
Are you home alone? Or are you home alone together with God? According to the Scriptures, our homes should be the main places where faith in Jesus is cultivated and lived out. Author and speaker Mark Holmen says, “When it comes to faith, our primary focus was always supposed to be @HOME.”
Disciple-making at home: “Impress them (the Scriptures) on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” Deuteronomy 6:7. Note the phrase “when you sit at home.” God’s given us this quarantine time, with His Word as our companion, to talk to Him, listen to Him, and draw near to Him in our homes.
One of the things most old people say they would do if they could live their lives over again would be to stop, think, and consider the things they took for granted. What have we been taking for granted that God wants us to stop and think about now before it’s too late?
Prior to COVID-19 parents were saying they were too busy to disciple their children. Well not anymore! We’re home alone together with our families with an opportunity to do what we didn’t have time to do – to connect children with Jesus and His Story.
Do you want to serve the Lord? Is He really worth your energy? Will Joshua 24:15 be true, or will it only be a plaque on the wall? Don’t waste this chance to reboot – to make Jesus the motivation for everything you say and do in your home.
Redeem this time. In the economy of influence, time is capital. COVID-19 won’t last forever. The lockdown isn’t a life sentence, but it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We must use it or lose it! God’s given us time to evaluate and strategize for the present and future spiritual wellbeing of our families.
While considering the spiritual wellbeing of our families we should ask and answer some important questions: Do we understand the value of faith formation in our homes? What should our homes be like during the pandemic? What will our homes look like after the pandemic? What do we need in our homes to effectively disciple our children?
Stanford economist Paul Romer once stated, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste!” Hopefully, we won’t regret not changing our values during COVID-19. It would be a dreadful shame if our homes went back to normal after the lockdown is over.
When COVID-19 social restrictions are lifted, something will come out of your home. What’s been going on in your home will go somewhere. How can families connect, collaborate, and create something special while they’re cocooned indoors? Wouldn’t it be great when we see each other again, to see more of Jesus in the things we say and do?
Here’s the good news: While we may be apart, we’re not alone. It’s not all up to you. Jesus is knocking at the front door (cf. Revelation 3:20). If you let Him in, He’ll help you do what needs to be done in your home.
So what do we need to do? We must …
- stop outsourcing the major responsibility for the spiritual health and growth of children to the local church. The local church exists to assist parents, not serve as their default.
- help children develop their divine design (cf. Proverbs 22:6). If we don’t point children in the right direction, Satan will point them in the wrong direction!
- encourage and equip parents to be the lead pastor, main teacher, and primary counsellor in the home. The biblical instructions to disciple children are always to parents, not to schools or churches.
- centre family life on God’s will, God’s way, and God’s Word. American motivational speaker Zig Ziglar says, “You can’t hit a target you cannot see, and you cannot see a target you do not have.”
- learn to live with frugality and simplicity. Cluttered lives are detached lives. How do we refine and purify our families to make the main thing the Jesus thing?
- prepare children to live for Jesus. The tendency is to prepare children for what they will face in life. While this is necessary, it’s not the most important thing we should be doing. The priority should be to inspire children to embrace Jesus as the all or nothing, irresistible, absorbing, and compulsive reason for living.
Change is happening. How will we handle it? Will we get our homes in order? Jesus wants our families to thrive, not just survive. So let’s do all we can to help children know and grow in their relationships with Jesus. For what happens spiritually in the home should be far more important than any schoolwork, church program, extramural or social activities.
Faith at Home – https://www.faithathome.com/
Faith Formation Ministries – https://www.faithaliveresources.org/Products/810760/dear-parent.aspx
Family Devotions – https://scriptureunion.global/covid-19/for-families/
Family.Fit – https://family.fit/
Focus on the Family – https://www.focusonthefamily.ca/
Godversations – http://su.org.my/godversations/
Healthy Families – https://www.max7athome.org/en
Here2Stay – https://here2stay.org.au/
Orange Conference – https://conference.thinkorange.com/
Stories of the Kingdom – https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/19091-stories-of-the-kingdom-primary-age
SUTV – https://www.sutv.org/
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