We have a tradition around here. Each year when our annual online homemaking conference launches, I always share the first session for free here on the podcast. I always pour my heart and soul into that first talk and I love being able to share it with everyone here on the podcast.
Well, today launches our 8th online homemaking conference so today’s talk is the opening session titled: Homemaking in Light of Eternity – how do we make Christian households that point to Christ? Listen in:
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What we are going to talk about today:
- WHY this entire topic is so important
- What does Scripture say about the household?
- What wisdom from Proverbs do we see for our households?
It has never been more important to critically think through: The purpose of the household, our duties as Christian women, how we sold use our time, how we can glorify God in mundane moments, how we persevere through hard times, and what our joyful Gospel purpose should be n the days ahead.
It’s not acceptable, before the Lord, to carry on normal life, accepting the world’s standards as our own.
Thinking through our priorities:
The world tells us to seek our own pleasure eat all costs.
–> Christ tells us to deny ourselves and live a godly upright live in these present days (Titus 2:12 says, “training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age)
The world tells us to leave our husbands the moment our needs are not being met (or even, never to get married at al because you’ll be oppressed).
–> Christ tells us to love our husband and our children and to lay down our lives for others.
The world tells us that the things worth pursuing are bigger houses, nicer cars, a magazine worthy $50,000 kitchen or you are doing something wrong and all the strappings of a successful life.
–> Christ tells us that a successful life is to take up His cross daily and follow Him.
For those in Europe, Australia, and other places around the world, you’ve been living in a anti-Christian culture for a good 10 years or more. Here in the U.s. and Canada, its finally coming as well.
We no longer are part of the dominant culture.
We now have sesame street having a transgender story house.
We have phedophelic shows on Netflix, being applauded by the critics.
We have governing officials saying that parents shouldn’t be in control of, nor even being aware of, what their children are being taught in schools, medical procedures, or even hormone therapies and sex changes for children as young as 7 or 8.
We live in a culture that is hostile to Christ.
And instead of this making us fearful and fretful of the future, instead of making us anxious about the world our kids are growing up in…
It should be an exciting time to live.
We finally get to take all of these lessons from Scripture and really put them into action. There’s nothing like a little adversity to wake us up to how friendly with this world we’ve become and the immense joy we can have from serving the Lord, even under persecution.
It’s a time where living set apart for the Lord can truly shine.
It’s a time that instead of hiding in insane fear, we can proudly display the hope we have in God and be ready to share that hope we have.
2 Timothy 4:2 says, “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires.”
James 1:2-5 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
Memorize this verse. Print it out and stick it on your fridge. Teach your children it. When you are tempted to despair, think on this verse and remind yourself that true Joy comes from serving the Lord, not mimicking this world
What does Scripture say about the household?
1 Timothy 5:8 “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
1 corinthians 11:3 “But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.”
1 peter 3:7 “Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”
Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Ephesians 5:22-24 “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.”
Ephesians 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”
Ephesians 5:33 “However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
And finally Duet 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates”
Proverbs 18: 22 “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.”
Proverbs 31: 27 “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. (Proverbs 1:7-9, NIV)
A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. (Proverbs 12:4, NIV)
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. (Proverbs 22:6, NLT)