“The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.” Psalm 24:1
Just a few weeks ago, my family and I made the move from one rental home to another. To make a long story short, God answered many prayers from the size of home, location, school zoning, and even putting us in close proximity to our new addiction (Crossfit). Being our third move in just over two years, I have learned that unpacking and making the house our home as quickly as possible brings a sense of stability and sanity. I have also felt throughout the years that taking the time to physically walk and pray over our home is a tangible way to offer up what is already HIS for His glory.
This is not a new concept. As Solomon says, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
Many of you would agree and have already purposed to make your home a place that the Lord can use to build His Kingdom. Through your parenting, through your friendships, and through your hospitality, you choose every day to be a good steward of the things the Lord has given you. So often we hear of stewardship and quickly apply it to our finances, but stewardship must be applied to all that we have—our talents, our callings, our time, our thoughts and all of our STUFF.
I can name countless women who have invested tremendously in my life simply by opening their homes and being available. Sometimes it was through hosting baby showers, discipleship groups, freezer meal parties, or simply by offering a place to get away and talk life.
For some of us, the task of leveraging our home as a tool for the Lord might seem daunting, but Jesus Himself told us in Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” He has already provided the harvest. The time to reap is NOW!
So where do we start?
I want to present to you a first task, and from there, a challenge in dedicating our homes to the Lord. Whether you are like me and find yourself standing in a completely new dwelling, or you find yourself surrounded by walls you have grown to love through many years and seasons of life, I encourage you to take on this task with resolve and hope.
First Task: Prayer
Yes, yes. I’m writing another post where the primary theme is prayer. It is an unprecedented force. It is our line of communication. It is necessary. We must not weary of coming into His presence with full assurance of faith!
I love how Pastor Steve Gaines says it, “Where prayer focuses, God’s power falls!” And what better place to fall, but smack-dab in the middle of our messy lives?
To make this perfectly clear, let’s call this task what it is—prayer walking. I want to give you a basic framework and some scriptures to guide you as you dedicate your home to the Lord’s work. There are many helpful resources out there on this subject. Like I said earlier, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Plus, there is really no wrong way to do this. Simply walk the area you are praying about, plugging in your family name and applying these scriptures physically and spiritually. Let the Lord guide you with how each scripture applies to your family and ASK SPECIFICALLY for the things your family needs and desires.
You will find a Home Dedication Scripture Guide below.
It begins with the outermost area of your property and works its way inside your home—its border, foundation, entrance, walls, atmosphere, and purpose.
The Challenge: Action
The Book of James has many wonderful, feel good, uplifting challenges for the believer, but James 2:20 cuts us to the bone. That being said, I have a love-hate relationship with how the Amplified Bible lays it all out there.
“Are you willing to be shown [proof], you foolish (unproductive, spiritually deficient) fellow, that faith apart from [good] works is inactive and ineffective and worthless?”
Ouch, James!!! But he is right. The good work of prayer can be rendered inactive if I sit back and always expect the lost, the widow, the orphan, or the poor, to just show up at my doorstep. Do not get me wrong, God sure can and will drop many things square into our laps. But there is much emphasis in scripture about us “going” or “as we go” (Matthew 28:19-20) that sitting back and waiting is not what the Lord intended.
“For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.” Hebrews 3:4
If we see as the world sees, the roof under which we lay down our head every night and the structure by which we use to insulate our belongings and our beloveds, these things are simply utilitarian at best. But if we see with Spirit eyes the things the Lord has built and bestowed on us as more than blessings and provision, we will come to the place where we must ask the question, “Is it it mine or is it His?” If the answer is the latter, then we will find that we no longer just have a place of dwelling where people can come to find us, but we have a tool the indwelling Spirit of God can use where people can come to find HIM!
As moms and wives, there are countless ways we can begin using our homes for ministry and discipleship. If you have found ways to leverage your dwelling place for the Lord and would like to share and encourage your fellow sisters in Christ, please write in the comment section below!
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
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