We had guests in our home recently and before they left, the wife said something like, “I love your living room. It’s so cozy and inviting. This is what I want my home to be.” My husband looked at her and said, “This is our refuge from the world. God wants to be your refuge so you can have the same kind of home.”
You see, it’s not just the things in a house that makes it inviting – it’s the love, the atmosphere, the tone that you feel when you step in.
Yesterday morning I read – There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up. (Proverbs 21:20) The truth of that passage is that we are either digging up the treasure God wants our homes to have, or we’re spending it up.
How do we dig up the treasure?
- We get up every day and give ourselves, our family, and our home to the Lord.
- We get into the Word so we can get a right perspective on our ministry in our home.
- We seek to respond biblically to the trials that will surely come into our lives.
- We are faithful workers in our home, planning ahead for our family’s needs with good meals, fresh laundry and a clean house.
- We seek to meet our husband’s needs and care for them more than for our own.
- We love and submit to our husband as the head of the home, never seeking to override his authority.
- We faithfully and lovingly instruct our children in God’s ways, always leading them to Christ.
How do we spend up the treasure?
- We go in our own strength.
- We think we can miss days in God’s Word and be fine.
- We blow up when trials come because we’re not filled with Truth.
- We spend more time out of the home than in it so that meals are on the run, laundry is piled up and the house is a chaotic mess.
- We scream out for “our time” and resent being a housewife.
- We only submit when we agree 100% with our husband’s decisions
- We let the children do their own thing and overlook their need for correction and time with us.
The “treasure” that is gotten when we follow God’s directives for our homes is a sweet, loving atmosphere that makes it a joy for family and friends to come home. Is it always perfect? Hardly. Is it most often a respite from the world? Oh yes.
Are you digging for the treasure at home, or are you spending it uptoday? You can make the necessary changes even now, with the Lord’s help. A home where God’s love is felt and demonstrated is truly “a treasure to be desired.”