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Topic: Home (01/09/06)
TITLE: Wouldn't That Be Wonderful?
By Joyce Simoneaux
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If our instrument is to play a beautiful melody, it would begin with God and flow harmoniously through our lives. How would we tune that instrument to play such a beautiful melody? It starts with our personal lives and then progresses outward, like the ripple effect of skipping a stone over water.
What role does God play in your home? Are we only worshiping him at church? Our relationship with God should flow first from our homes and then into our churches. In fact, where we attend services on Sunday or during the week is just a building. We are actually the church, so wouldn’t it stand to reason that our homes are houses of worship?
Most of us leave worship and prayer behind at the community church buildings when we return home. How different would our lives be if we sanctified our homes and turned them into places of worship, prayer, and fellowship with God seven days a week? In government, we have a separation of church and state, but do we realize that in our private lives, we also practice separation of church and home? How do we really expect to build a close, personal relationship with God, if we leave him behind on Sunday after we leave our community services?
We need to take God with us everywhere we go. When we are home, we should be exercising more intimate worship before our God than we do even in public. We need to have a prayer closet where we can go to be alone with Him and get to know him on a more intimate level. We should be practicing communion in our homes. Who says that has to be done in the community church setting? Fathers, as priests and heads of their households, need to lead their families in communion daily, weekly or as often as they feel led to do so. We can even practice communion on a more intimate level alone in our prayer closets when we need a deeper experience with Him. Single parents or singles should also be seeking such a close relationship with the Lord in their homes.
God wants us to invite Him into our personal lives, and that means making our homes suitable for His habitation. Just think of the peace, love, and unity that would be the beautiful, melodious atmosphere of our homes if we would just seek to make the Lord a member of the family and our homes. Our homes would be transformed into places of worship, prayer, and study of the Word where every member of the home would have a sincere, intimate relationship with God daily. If God dwelled with us, we wouldn’t watch some of the television shows we watch when no one else is around or rent the movies we think are harmless. We would talk to each other in love and understanding instead of quarreling in anger. More families would happily stay together.
If we saturated ourselves daily in the presence of God, just think of the love and the power of God that would flow through us to every life we touch in the world. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
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