How can I develop the full potential of my home?
One of the most traditionally valued environments is the home. Men go to war to fight for hearth and home, but sadly, many nations perish when the vision of the home is lost. Today, many homes have become centers for sleeping, entertaining, and snacking because we’ve lost the vision for the power of the home place.
God designed the home to be the heart of ministry. It is to be a place of worship, learning, health, hospitality, and productivity for each member of the family and a base for reaching out to others in the community. When these aspects of the home are cultivated, it becomes a vibrant hub of life and outreach.
The first responsibilities in the home are to meet the needs of the family members, nurturing a safe environment that is filled with righteousness, peace, and joy. As the family members grow and develop within the home, they are able to reach out in ministry to their friends, church, and community.
A home develops into a ministry center as parents intentionally seek to recover and rebuild God’s purposes for the home. The following five aspects of the home can be nurtured for the benefit of family members and others.
- A Worship Center
Provide for the spiritual needs of your family members through times of worship, instruction, and fellowship with one another. Take time for Bible study, prayer, and discussion, in order to grow together in learning more about God and living lives that are honoring to Him. Fathers and mothers must work together to make times of family worship a priority in the home and a reality in daily life. Learn more >>
- A Learning Center
God has given parents the responsibility to oversee their children’s education, and much learning takes place at home from the earliest age. Your home should be a protected place where your children learn what is wholesome, pure, and good.
As you go about daily tasks, share with your children the concepts of life and faith. (See Deuteronomy 6:5–9.) Make your mealtimes meaningful by taking time to talk about the day and share what you are learning and facing together. Remove harmful materials and substances from your home to create an atmosphere of purity and truth. Learn more >>
- A Health Center
Create a healthful atmosphere in your home by building a lifestyle of preventative health choices through nutritious meals, proper exercise and rest, eliminating clutter, and learning to resolve root problems such as guilt and bitterness. Incorporating healthful disciplines in your own home will give you a foundation from which to share the concepts of good health with others. Learn more >>
- A Hospitality Center
God calls us to be “given to hospitality” (Romans 12:13), and to watch for opportunities to serve others and do good to them. Hospitality begins within the family as you value each family member and nurture an environment where they feel secure in sharing their hearts and dreams with the family.
Prepare for hospitality with wise planning and organization, and be ready to share what God has given you with those in need. Minister to others by offering friendship, encouragement, counsel, and refreshment in an atmosphere where they will be blessed and uplifted in spirit. Learn more >>
- A Productivity Center
Use home skills and products to meet the needs of your family and others. Home industries can grow into businesses as you provide services or products that others are looking for, such as lawn care, home-baked goods, music ministry, crafts, and more.
Find ways to practically meet needs of others, and show love and care through the items you create and the services you provide. Through your efforts, cultivate the motives of generosity and responsibility in your children. Learn more >>
A dynamic home will unite grandparents, parents, and children and it will help sons and daughters prepare to fulfill their God-given responsibilities. Such homes will make a significant impact on our churches and communities.
This material is developed from notes by Chris Hogan and the Advanced Seminar Textbook, pages 22–45.