Building a christian home

Building a christian home
Building a christian home

Building a christian home is the process bringing up the family in a manner that is rooted in Christ.

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Psalm 127:1a

Every Christian parent will readily affirm that their children are being raised in a “Christian

home.” Probe a little deeper, though, and you’ll often find that what they really mean is

their children are being raised in a “Christian culture.” Let me state what should be

obvious, but doesn’t always seem to be—Christian activities and interests do not make a home Christian.

Let me be more specific—a Christian home is never defined by what the children are doing…it is defined by what the parents are doing.

Your child could read the Bible every day, listen only to Christian music, watch only Christian videos, read every missionary biography in the library, know a zillion

memory verses, have only Christian friends, and never miss Sunday School or Bible Club, and yet still not live in a Christian home.

Your children cannot do enough Christian things, no matter how good those things may be, to make your home a Christian home. Only you, their parents, can make your home a Christian home.

So What, Then, Makes a Home Christian or rather How to Build a Christian Home?
A Christian home, in uncomplicated terms, is one in which God is alive and present in

the lives of the parents. It is Christian not just in name, but in reality—Christ is present through His Spirit in the lives of His

followers who live there. It is worth noting that the common Greek word in the New Testament for family is oikos, which means “house.” Family is the people who live within the house.



What is Spiritual Growth?

A physical house built without a foundation is destined to fall. Only a firm foundation creates a real and lasting home. In the same way, Christ is the foundation of a Christian

home. Just because Christians live inside a house does not mean that Christ is that home’s foundation. Jesus ended his sermon

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on the mount with the parable of “a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-27). His house stood against

the wind and flood, but the house built on sand fell. As a parent, you must choose to build your own house, your family, on the

rock of Christ and His word if you want to build a Christian home that will stand for God, both literally and figuratively.

But how do you do that? Paul admonished parents concerning children that we are to “bring them up in the training and instruction

of the Lord.” We are to ektrepho our children “in the Lord.” That Greek term literally means to “feed from,” or to nurture. We are to feed

our children from the life of God that is already in our own lives, to nurture their hearts in the life of the Lord who already lives in our own hearts.

Paul explains what that nurture looks like—it is helping your children understand the ways (training) and words (instruction) of life with Christ.

Paul’s admonition to parents is not just a formula for what to do, but rather a description of the spiritual, relational, and

life-giving priorities that should characterize our parenting. That is what will lay a strong foundation for a Christian home.

If we try to create a Christian home only by immersing our children in our country Christian culture, we will “labor in vain.” We

even run the risk of building on a sandy foundation that could leave our house, our family, in danger in a storm of life. When we

let the life of God flow through us and into our children through our intentional, purposeful, life-giving relationship with them, that is how “the Lord builds the house.”

When the people of Israel were about to enter the Promised Land, Moses charged them as parents, “These commandments

that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7a).


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