One of the reasons we look forward to Heaven is because of Who is going to be there (Rev. 21:3; John 14:3,4). Because God is love and light, Heaven will be a place of love and light (Rev. 21:23,24; 22:5). If we want our homes to be places of love and light, God must be present. Homes where God is not invited are filled with strife.
Make sure God is present in your home. Christians are members of the household of God (Eph. 2:19), but is God a member of your household? Having God in your home involves more than having religious plaques hanging on the walls. It means that even if you have blank walls, a guest can walk in and tell that your home is a Christian one.
Is your home heavenly because God is present? You can determine the answer by asking yourself some questions:
- Do you regularly have Bible studies and devotionals?
- Does your family pray together?
- Are spiritual things naturally a part of your daily conversations?
- Do you continue having family devotionals even when guests are present?
- Is your home filled with honor, strength, and goodness…the types of things present where God abides (1 Chron. 16:27)?
Make sure God stays welcome in your home. You may have invited Him in, but are there things in your home that will make it impossible for God to stay? If you want God to be welcome in your home, then some guests will not be welcome. Guests like materialism, dishonesty, selfishness, impatience, a lashing tongue, and worldliness. Any one of these guests might drop in occasionally, unexpectedly, but the God of holiness cannot dwell with them (Isa. 6:3; Rev. 4:8).
According to Isaiah 59:2, God is separate from everything that is sinful. Verse 3 specifically mentions sin committed by hands, and lies and perversities that come out of mouths. If sin abides in your home, no one there will see God or know God (1 John 3:5,6). Worldly things will be noticeably absent in a heavenly home.
- Go through your collections of books, movies, and music, and remove any that dishonor God.
- Keep your computers in public viewing areas to safeguard against unwholesome surfing.
- Make sure the actions that take place in the privacy of your own home would not bring shame on the name of Christ if made public.
Only a holy home will welcome a holy God (1 Pet. 1:15,16). Is the glory of God illuminating your home?
Prayer for Today: May Your presence be found in the home of every Christian.