Giving attention to your home is close to the heart of God. Some of the most comforting words in Scripture, quoted often as the closing word at funeral services, are found in Jesus' upper-room discourse in John 14:1–4. The promise of a home that He is preparing for us consoles us with thoughts of safety, a place of rest, beauty, and order. The personal word "home" provides us with a more tangible reality as we consider leaving this earth for the eternal realm. For many, the word "home" ushers in warm and familiar memories that convey security and comfort.
Just as Jesus' promise of preparing a home conveys loving care to us, so will our earthly "home preparation" communicate love to our families. Just as His home preparation conveys a sense of security, expectancy of good things, care, and consideration for us, so our loved ones will know they are valued by our devotion to home life.
The porch light left burning for the last family member to arrive home communicates that you were thinking about him and cared enough to light his way to the front door. Rising early to prepare your family's breakfast conveys concern for their well-being. Late-night vigils at the bedside of a sick child assures him that he is loved. Fresh flowers and a pretty place setting on the dinner table adds beauty and lets your guests know they are special. This kind of "home preparation" isn't financially expensive, but it does require time, thought, and planning.
Evaluate your devotion to the care of your home. Do family members fear bringing unexpected guests to your home because they never know what its condition will be? How does your level of commitment to your home convey love and security for your family?
Please share some examples of things you do to bless family members or visitors to your home.