Thursday, September 12, 2013

Are You Afraid in Your Own Home?

Intro:  Are you afraid in your own home? Home is a place that offers security and happiness.  It’s a place that we run to when we need refuge and rest.  How odd it is if we are consumed with panic, anticipating an assault in our own home.

What image comes to mind when you think of the word home?  Do your eyebrows lift and the corners of your mouth rise with a glowing smile?  My home is joyous, peaceful and a place of comfort.  My family is known for its ability to communicate with total abandon, being completely open and honest with exactly where we are in life.  We serve each other with joy and with all our hearts. Our loyalty and support of each other has survived many trials.  Through my family experience, I have confidence that I can accomplish anything.  I am content, satisfied and live a joyous and fulfilled life.  My family is not perfect. At times our blemishes are glaring and ugly, but they are my family and we are committed to love one another. 

In that same light, God is a family man.  He loves to grow families.  In Psalms, it says that He sets the lonely in families.  In the same way that we grow, communicate, love and are loyal to our biological family, we should duplicate that same endearment, sincerity, and devotion to our church family.  Our church home is a place of safety, not because our blemishes are not glaring and prominent.  It is a place of safety because God directs us to make it our home and He promises that He never leaves us or forsakes us.

Psalms 68:6 - "God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land."

God gives us our family. His desire is for us to have a home and a place of safety.  In Hebrews 13, God encourages us to commit ourselves to brotherly love.  Brotherly love does not refer to biological relatives but our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Brothers and sisters that are given to us through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross

Hebrews 13:1-3 - "Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."

I did not always believe that the church was a place of safety.  I had been disappointed on many occasions, and I dwelt on those disappointments.  Whenever your focus turns to anything but Christ and His love and supremacy, your choices draw you out from His loving arms and encouragement. You then focus on things that are not eternal and become trapped by your disappointment and discouragement.  Anywhere Christ leads is complete and total freedom.  Christ instructs us to love our brothers, be hospitable, and to remember those that suffer for Christ even as if you were suffering yourself.  Later in Hebrews, we are also instructed to love, listen to and revere our leaders, because they watch over us and prevent us from falling into false doctrine.  We are not only required to love one another but to submit to one another.  Submitting to leadership seems in our own hearts to be a hard accomplishment, but its reward is limitless.

Are you afraid in your own home? A home is a place that offers security and happiness.  It’s a place that we run when we need refuge and rest.  How odd it is if we are consumed with panic, anticipating an assault in our own home. Christ has created a home for us in our relationships with Christian brothers and sisters. He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us.  He loves the church so much that He gave His own life for it. He directs us to not forsake the church’s fellowship.  Should we give the enemy of our souls a foothold and entertain the idea that our home, the church, is not a dwelling where we can seek refuge, growth, joy and life?  I think not!  We should be compelled to submit to each other in brotherly love and avail ourselves to the work of the church. I pray that when I say “the church” that a feeling of warmth and happiness overwhelms you and your eyebrows lift and the corners of your mouth rise with a glowing smile. 

***Notice links below to commentary and articles about the church:
Psalm 68:6 commentary

Link to entire Hebrews 13 passage:

Hebrews 13 Commentary:

Links to other articles regarding the Christ Church:







1 comment:

  1. I have been there - afraid in my own "home". It's a difficult place to be. But in all the loneliness and pain and - yes - sometimes panic (when I had to actually show up there!), I began to write. Sure, my pain came through in a very real way...sometimes it was cynical and judgement, sometimes filled with lots and lots of sorrow...but it was words on a page and it is what brought me to the place I am today. God used it for good in the end. I love that He can use the good, the bad and the ugly - and make it all good!

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