How can you reflect God’s nature in your home? Maintaining a home is no easy task. In fact, for some women it may be one of the more difficult duties that we have to carry out. And yet Titus 2:5 tells us “To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home…”. So God calls women to be the keepers of their homes. And while it may not always feel like it, that is a noble calling and one that we should hope to fulfill with great joy. This is also a calling that I believe is best fulfilled when done so purposefully and in a way that reflects God’s nature in our homes. Below are three simple ways you can reflect God’s nature in the keeping of your home.
1. Put Things Back Where They Belong
If you look at the Genesis account of creation you see that God created the entire universe in a very logical and orderly fashion. God didn’t create something unless He had already provided a place to put it. He didn’t create fish before He spoke the seas into existence. He didn’t breathe life into man until there was air for him to breathe or land for him to walk on. The same way that God created a place for each of the things He created, we too should have a place where things belong. Yes, our clothes go in closets and dressers and our food goes in refrigerators and pantries. But where do you keep your mail? Where do you leave your shoes when you come home?
This may sound infinitesimal to you, but having a proper place for anything and everything that comes into your home can help you in many ways. It helps keep your home neater by keeping items off shelves, counters, and floors. It makes it easier to get around the house as there aren’t random trinkets and treasures around every bend in your home. And it also makes it super easy to find things when you are looking for them. Again, this may sound small, but it can make a huge difference in your home.
2. Clean Regularly
David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). Just as God works to make our hearts clean and just as He Himself is perfectly pure, we can purpose to make our homes places of purity and cleanliness. This is in no way implying your home is going to be perfect, but that we should make it our intent to keep our homes and the contents therein clean as a reflection of His perfect cleanliness. To implement this aspect of God’s character in the home, make effort to clean on a regular basis. This could be as simple as being sure to wash dishes immediately after using them or sweeping your kitchen floor on a more regular basis. Even small efforts in this area can begin to yield great fruit in your home.
3. Guard Your Home from Distraction
“My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:18). God’s heart for His people is to have peaceful homes, secure dwellings, and places of rest in which to abide. Amidst the business of our lives it can often feel as though our homes become chaotic. Yet God has so much more for us in this area of our lives. So how do we see this come to full fruition? Guard your home. While we can let this be a physical guarding of our homes, I believe it should just as much be a spiritual guarding of our homes. Shortly after we got married my husband and I combed through our belongings and got rid of the items we felt God was leading us to separate ourselves from.
Not long before our son was born my husband and I decided to do away with cable. What was the result of these choices and others like them? An abundance of peace in our home. On one occasion my sister was over my house and she continually kept remarking about how peaceful our home felt. She continued to repeat how peaceful our home felt over and over during her time at our house.
I sincerely believe that God intends for all of our homes to be marked by the peace within their walls. For my husband and I that meant eliminating distractions from our home.
Is there something in your home that is distracting you from God’s peace? Perhaps you struggle with spending too much time on the computer instead of reading God’s Word. You can begin to reflect God’s peaceful nature in your home by beginning to eliminate one of the distractions in your home. And this can be simple. Start small. Spend 5 minutes less on the computer. Or limit how much time your children spend playing video games. Whatever it is, God will see your efforts and bless them and you will begin to sense peace and live out God’s promise in Isaiah 32:18.
Also, be sure to consider what things you watch and listen to in your home. I will tell you that anything is permissible, but certainly not everything is profitable. Things that reflect darkness or evil truly have no place in your home. These things could be a door point or gateway for bad influence over you or your loved ones. I know of someone who was in a house where someone watched a horror movie. The end result? That household had spiritual issues in the following days. So be sure that as you guard your home, you consider what kinds of entertainment you allow in. It matters.
While being a keeper of a home is not an easy task, it certainly is a worthwhile one. And while we may never have perfect homes, we can have homes that reflect Him and His goodness. May it be that even our dwelling places would be filled with order, cleanliness, and peace.
How have you reflected God’s nature in your home? What are some action steps you take to more fully reflect His character in your home? I’d love to know! Share below!
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