This season, at The Worship Center, we’ve been studying four fundamental aspects of our walk with God: faith, family, fitness, and finances. As we look at the makeup of a thriving, God-honoring family, we thought it fitting to invite our congregation inside our family’s home. Visiting each room, we explored the purposes of a healthy family—purposes God ordained back in Genesis, and that are still essential to living a Godly life today.
No matter whether you’re married or single, whether you live with family or friends, these truths will impact the way you relate to one another, and your overall quality of life as a believer. Let’s take a look at each room, and its purposes for building a healthy family:
Basement. The first room we brought our congregation into (virtually) was our basement. A basement is a place where, oftentimes, hobbies or recreational activities take place. It’s also a place of refuge and safety in storms and other disasters.
As believers, our homes and families are meant to be places of solace, refuge, and safety. The home is a place where we’re meant to open up and be ourselves in freedom. Let’s face it: we all have storms in life. Whether it’s transition, loss, promotion, or any number of changes, we need a community to support us. Proverbs 14:26 says, “In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.”
Do your family members find refuge and safety in your home? Do you?
Library/Office. A family is a learning center for life. Whether or not you have a healthy book collection, you likely have a space in your home dedicated to work, learning, and personal growth. Families develop one another, and help each other become all that God has created them to be.
If there’s no growth in a family, it’s not operating at its full, God-given potential. We see that instruction and discipline are extremely important to God: it’s why, in Ephesians 6:4, He tells believers to “not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” What better place for this than the home?
You’re passing a legacy on to your children, and the generations to come after them. What heritage will you leave them with?
Dining Room. Not only a place for meals, our dining room table is the location for our family meetings. This is where we define our family’s priorities. Why is this important?
For starters, life today is so busy that, unless you define what’s important to your family, the world will try to do it for you. In Joshua 24:15, Joshua defines his people’s priorities. He says, “Choose for yourself this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Defining your family’s priorities is paramount to making the most of your lives together. Make sure to make space for this.
Game Center. In our living room, we have one of our favorite board games—Monopoly—set up. This is an aspect of home that some Christian families neglect: fun. A family that plays together stays together. After all, if you can’t have fun with one another, can you truly be that close?
While priorities and work are essential, so is taking time to rest. God rested on the seventh day, and spent time walking with Adam and Eve in the cool of the days in the garden. He asks His people to observe the same period of rest in the Old Testament. We see that Jesus napped, took time alone, attended week-long weddings, and ate with His disciples. Not every moment was filled with work and toil.
Do you know how to have fun with your family? Do you connect regularly without an agenda or overarching purpose, other than to have fun? If not, it’s high time you rediscover that joy.
A home, and a family, can be many things. These are only some of the purposes of a family; but we hope you’ve been inspired to reignite purpose and meaning in your home. What can you do today that will foster the intentional, loving space that God desires for your family? How can you contribute to making your home a home that honors God, and makes others feel accepted, loved, and at peace? Let’s get started right now.