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01 December 2008

Home Life

(What a boring title. I couldn't think of anything more creative this morning.)

A pastor at a neighboring church led our staff devotional a week or two ago, and one of the phrases he mentioned in passing was "families worshipping together at home." That phrase is a reminder that worship isn't to be reserved only for larger corporate gatherings. It begins in the home and in our individual lives, and should be brought with us to our worship services.

Not that we have to sing campfire songs at home every night. I sing all the time and that would be uncomfortable even for me, and probably for my wife and our kids, too. Maybe that's not what's called for. But worshipping at home… Does the average Christian family do this?

"We would have family devotionals, but…" is usually a phrase which shows that we're rationalizing. It would be valid if the sentence ended with something like, "…the government says it's illegal, so we have to do it in secret." But that's not the case with us today, is it? I've spoken with many people who are distressed that we may actually see something like this in America in the not-too-distant future. And unfortunately, that's not as far-fetched as it once was.

But we don't see it now, do we?

Are we making the most of the time, resources, and liberty that we've been blessed with today? If not, why worry about what might happen if they're gone someday? How much different would our day-to-day lives really be if our freedom to worship were taken away? Would the only thing to change be the way we spend an hour or two on Sunday morning?


Tony M said...

"Would the only thing to change be the way we spend an hour or two on Sunday morning?" - now there's an intriguing question (that's a way to say "convicting," "stinging," "right to the point," "ouch, my toes!" without letting on, right?).

And it's no good to try to convince ourselves that some sort of pretext for why we're not is valid - that's only fooling ourselves (and maybe not even ourselves). We "must worship in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24; the link is to the whole passage from 20-24). I would assume that includes the thought "without pretext (to only 'worship' while inside the confines of a building we mistakenly call church - we are the church, not the building where we meet)."

It's a shame that we have missed so much of what God wants to do in us and through us because we're "so busy" all the time (like trying to get a good deal at Wal-Mart). Maybe we should go back to home churches like the early Christians - that way perhaps we'd associate "worship" with a home-based activity, and it would spill over into our daily lives.

Thanks for the (stinging) reminder. And I call myself a "Christian"... :)

Anonymous said...

Some of our most awesome "ah-ha" moments come from our family devotion times. It's awesome to study the Word of God together with your kids and watch the Spirit move through them. I am always amazed at how much the kids understand and discern the Bible. I'm priviledge to study the Bible with my kids on a daily basis. That, too, is threatened by new gov't leaders, but we will trust in the Lord our God.


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