Whether you live in an apartment, duplex, townhouse, or house, Christians can often see these places as sanctuaries or retreats. After a hard day at work, school, or just life, we look forward to coming home and retreating away from the worries of the world. Where we live, whether alone or with family, becomes a place to recharge as we prepare for the challenges of a new day.
Is this how Christians should see our homes? Is this the way our Lord Jesus Christ intended for us to live?
I know of individuals, ministries, and churches who will rent an apartment, or buy a home, for the purpose of having people live there as a base of ministry to reach the other folks in the complex and/or neighborhood. The people who live in those homes are there to intentionally be salt and light as they serve their neighbors with the hope of sharing the gospel.
For all Christians I think this is the way Jesus intends for us to live. In other words, we don’t come to our home to retreat, but to engage. Every member of every church should see their home as a ministry center in which God has placed them to reach their neighbors with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yes, I know we all need down times, times to retreat, rest, reflect, and serve our families.
But imagine what would happen if every family in your church made the commitment to, at least 3 times a month, have people in their homes for a meal, for fun, for friendship, for conversations, and as our Lord gives opportunity, for spiritual conversations. Imagine a church unleashed that’s not depending on a program to spread the gospel, but trusting in what our Lord has already given us, homes from which we engage the culture.
How we see our homes will go a long ways to demonstrating how we see our role as proclaimers of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. May our Lord awaken an army of believers to the joy, and responsibility, of using our homes as ministry outposts to reach our neighbors for His kingdom.