Set Your House in Order
Disorder and lawlessness are as a mark of these last days. God has set an order in creation, and He has the perfect plan for the home and marriage. He is in the home building business. God has designed the roles of men and of women and established the family unit and headship. The home is a God designed place – designed for is honour. A God-honouring home is a place for love and nurture, with people with a living and loving faith in the Lord Jesus.
Marriage is for keeps. It is a covenant, a bond. God has ordered and sanctified it. He brings harmony in the home, and a Love without conditions. The husband’s duty is to guide and govern and to serve – with self-giving, selfless love. The wife is called to reverence her husband and follow his lead. Yet family authority is being undermined these days.
Ephesians 6:2-3 says, “Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Honour means to show respect and to regard them highly. It’s been said that “The juvenile mind yearns for the hand and voice of authority.” Children need parental authority and discipline, given in the spirit of love. Parents – and especially fathers have a responsibility for encouragement and sensible discipline. Ephesians 6:4 says… And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
A Christ-filled home is one where we can be encouraged, supported, and built up. Parents are to model the Christian life before their children. You may not be a perfect parent – but you can be a positive example. Be a supporter, an encourager, a coach, a guide. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Marriage is a lifelong commitment. Homes are meant to be built to last. CHRIST must be PRE-EMINENT… The Lord must be given the greatest honour and respect. Show your children how the Bible applies to their lives, their decisions… His Word must dwell richly within the whole family. A Harvard University study of family life makes a powerful case for the traditional family structure. It found basically… so goes the children so goes the culture, or so goes the family so goes society! Rules without morals lead to children without character.
It’s been truly said, “Don’t brag about your ancestors–give your descendants something to brag about.” We all will leave a legacy behind us… We want to pass on the godly heritage. Psalm 127:3 – Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
It’s important that we set our house in order… Let us learn how the family can operate in a Biblical way… It is about… rightful responsibility, order, and authority that is founded upon God’s Word.
Joshua 24:15 – …choose you this day whom ye will serve… as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.