The saying “as different as day and night” could describe lots of things – the temperaments in our children, the physical difference in a sick person after medicine, the change in a house after renovations. But could it be used to describe the extreme contrast of your Christian family compared to a household full of unbelievers?
After a person accepts Christ as their Savior, old things are passed away and all things become new. We’re radically different than before our salvation! Therefore, our homes should be radically different, too.
In the story of Moses leading the children of Israel out of Egypt we remember the ten plagues that came over the Egyptians because the Pharaoh wouldn’t let them go worship their God. One of those plagues was darkness for three days. They couldn’t see one another, they couldn’t leave their houses, and the Lord said the darkness would be so heavy, it would even be felt. Here’s what Scripture says –
They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days:
but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
They had physical light. They could see. There was a huge difference between their homes and the ungodly Egyptian’s homes. That extreme contrast should be just as visible in Christian homes compared to those who don’t know Christ. The light should be see in families by:
- The way we treat one another.
- The way we forgive one another.
- The way we stay together, no matter what.
- Our patterns of going to church to worship each Sunday.
- The honoring of the Lord in the way we conduct our lives.
- What they hear coming out of our mouths.
- How we spend our time.
- In how we respond to trials.
- In how we care for our spouse.
- In how we treat our neighbors.
Just as the Israelite’s lights shone, virtually everything we do or say should be like a light beaming from the windows of our home shouting out that there’s something different that gives us this light!
Indeed, our homes should be as different as day and night in comparison to the lost world around us. Is it perfect? No way. But when we fail, we know we have an Advocate to Whom we can run for forgiveness. We confess it and get up and continue to shine on!!
Ask yourself, How does my home look different than the families around me that are without Christ?
Refresh yourself by being in a Bible preaching church this weekend. Let your light shine!
Refresh your family life,