Making Your Home a Place of Delight

We believe that every woman is called to make her home a place of service and that such service is ultimately to Christ (Proverbs 31:27; 1 Timothy 5:14; Titus 2:3-5).

A few months ago I was flipping through the stations on the television when I came across a show on HGTV that was all about how to accomplish big style in small spaces. They were featuring beautiful lofts and studio spaces in several prominent cities in New York. I was so amazed by how people designed their homes so creatively in order to make the most of their small square footage. They used vertical wall space like pros, had secret shelves underneath cabinets, and televisions that magically appeared from behind pieces of hanging art. They had very little space to spare, yet every single home found space for a garden or green space. When they were asked why they decided to sacrifice more living space for a garden, every single person said that the beauty of the space helps them escape the chaos of the city.

When you think of a garden, what do you tend to think of?

To many, a garden is often associated with beauty and provision. Genesis 2:8 states that at the beginning of creation, “God planted a garden” for Adam and Eve to dwell. What exactly does the word planted mean? It means to physically put or place in the ground to grow. This place in the garden was not yet established before God planted it himself. Genesis 2:8 is where we see God establishing the institution of the home in Scripture. The family unit and establishment of the home preceded all other institutions including civil government, communities, and worship assemblies. That God created the home to be the first institution shows how crucial the home is to community and order.

How do we make our home a place of service?

Picture of the Gospel

In the Bible, a home was considered a place of refuge for a weary traveler. On his long journey, a Christian traveler would seek out other believers to host him for protection and rest in the harsh conditions. All throughout Scripture there are illustrations of refuges provided by God, and many of these same qualities are characteristics of the Christian home. A Christian home is called to be a place of worship, fellowship, safety, refuge, and a place that clearly communicates the gospel. By displaying hospitality in our homes and churches, Christians are providing a safe refuge for non-believers. Though the word hospitality does not appear in the Old Testament, this idea is carried throughout as the chief bond that brought all groups unified for one purpose. In the New Testament, the practice of hospitality was crucial and played a vital role in the life of Jesus and the early church.

Tool for Evangelism and Discipleship

A popular scripture that is posted near the doorway of many homes comes from Joshua 24:15 (NKJV), “…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Serving others and serving the Lord is a worshipful act. Evangelism and discipleship is an intentional act. When many think of evangelism and discipleship, they think that it is merely an act of going out to highways and hedges proclaiming Christ. So often the home is abandoned and not thought about as a place where evangelism and discipleship can take place. The home can become a perfect place to display hospitality and be a silent and vocal witness for the cause of Christ. Biblical hospitality is not about abandoning the relationship between friends, but intentionally going out and seeking to find strangers and hosting them as well. Now this does not mean we use paper products and a pallet on the floor for strangers but fine china and a lavish guest room for our friends. Christians are to see everyone they come in contact with as a soul and potential discipleship opportunity.

Every home should be a place of shelter and delight, an Eden. A home should be a place of fellowship, a place of nurturing of relationships and spiritual maturity, and above all else, a place of service.

One thought on “Making Your Home a Place of Delight”

  1. Wzrd1 says:

    Hospitality wasn’t exclusive of Christianity, it was part of the root of Christianity.
    In the Levant, hospitality is universal, whether one is a guest in an Israeli home or an Arabian home. It’s a cultural thing, as not giving hospitality in ancient times was likely a death sentence for the one refused hospitality. Remember, much of the region is arid, hot for much of the year and overall inhospitable for most mammals.
    So, the root of the practice of hospitality was, “What if it was me”?
    Add in people wanting to out due their neighbors, it turned into a hospitality arms race, to the point that if one admires something in a host’s home, the host feels incumbent to give it to the admirer.
    That is something I’ve witnessed with my own eyes.
    For background, I spent five years in the Levant and various Arabian nations
    It also adds to the lesson of Sodom and Gomorrah, for the sin committed wasn’t the practices ongoing there, as such practices were ignored throughout the region. It was the lack of respect for hospitality and the safety of one’s guests.
    For, when I was part of a team negotiating with a leader of a faction that was hostile to our forces and his forces and ours were engaged in combat, I and my team was safe while at his home. As long as we were good guests and caused no violence or harm, we were safe. We had also agreed to abide by that tradition and we did leave our weapons with the guard team who were assigned for our safety in transit and to secure the weapons.
    Out of a dozen or so occasions, we never had an incident. Even if the negotiation failed.
    Outside of that gate was a tossup.
    For, I’ve said one thing of Arabs in particular, they’re “Good Catholics”, they go to service when required, they donate to charity as required, the rest of the time, they drink, smoke and do the usual things humans do that aren’t in their own familial and personal best interests, but were pleasurable.

    On a humorous, if grade school humor side note…
    I’ve learned that people are people, regardless of where you find them. The society and culture of that society guides the response to stimuli.
    But, globally, in my own personal experience, the *entire* planet knows “Pull my finger” and finds it a bit humorous when advanced from a foreigner that was otherwise incomprehensible.
    What does that say of humanity as a species? 😉