PJ’s Daily Devotional for Friday, March 10, 2017.
The home is a sanctuary—a safe place of refuge and protection.
Yesterday, I focused on faith in the workplace and the importance of it (see my daily devotional on 1 Timothy 6 called, “Integrity in the Workplace.” Today, I turn to the topic of faith in the home. If we are to become the men and women of integrity in the places outside of the home, then where we live must be safe places to cultivate faith, hope, and love. If our kids are to become the kinds of employees and employers I wrote about yesterday, then we must take specific steps in how we prepare them in our homes.
Listen to Paul lovingly write to Timothy, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:5-7).
Paul is reminded of Timothy’s sincere faith; a faith that now dwells in him, but started in his childhood home as it was passed down to him from his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. Even though Paul and Timothy grew up in very different circumstances and cultures, Paul praises Timothy’s upbringing because it was one of faith.
So often in my American culture, we are expected to fill our kids’ time with new experiences and activities, ensuring they have every opportunity now in hopes they will be successful in the future. But do we neglect the simple things that our children really need: a home that is a sanctuary of faith, hope, and love. A home that is a safe place where they feel secure, where their souls can rest, where their minds and hearts are guarded by the peace of God. A home that is filled with the care and concern that comes from Him through healthy relationships with one another.
If you desire to give your kids the very best, then make your home a sanctuary for them—a safe place of refuge and protection. Not to hide them from the world, but a place of intentional preparation for what is to come: a life of service to Jesus Christ.
Remember this very famous poem:
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:3-5)
Are you producing boomerangs that will fly back at you because they are not equipped to be sent into the world or are you intentionally producing arrows to be shot out from the quiver to make an impact in the world?
I exhort you this morning based on 2 Timothy 1:7: to train your kids in the ways of the Word and Spirit, so that they are not fearful, but rather are confident in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, generous in the grace of Jesus Christ, and secure in the self-control (“sound mind”) of the Father’s love.
We each fall short of this goal, but today let’s reaffirm our commitment to not parent like the world, but to parent as God commands. Start praying now for your kids’ future: that a Paul will come into their adult lives to fan into flame that which you intentionally instilled in them in their childhood years! Don’t be consumed by questions of which college they will go to or what they will do for a job or whether they can get a sports scholarship; instead focus on their character in Christ. Teach them to trust God and prioritize Matthew 6:33 in their own lives by how you raise them.