THE WITNESS OF YOUR HOME
by Henry G. Bosch & Christopher C. Warren
Shortly after Scottish preacher G. Campbell Morgan's wedding, his father visited the home the newly weds had just furnished and decorated. After they had shown him the place with pride and satisfaction, he remarked: "Yes, it's very nice, but no one walking through here would know whether you belonged to God or the devil!"
Morgan was shocked by his father's gruff but well-meaning comment. But he got the point. From that day forward, he made certain that in every room of his home there was some evidence of their faith in Christ.
Many believers make an effort to include reminders of God's grace and goodness in their homes. Just a Bible verse inscribed on a plaque or a tasteful work of art with a Christian theme may be all that is needed to encourage family members to serve and praise the Lord.
Then, too, the presence of Christian books and magazines can foster meditation on God's Word. Such quiet testimonies may also open opportunities to speak to house guests about the goodness of the Lord.
As New Covenant Christians we should do these things automatically without a second thought. Most of you have inscriptions over your front doors indicating that your homes are dedicated to the Lord. I have, but mine isn't easy to spot as it's so high up, so I'm going to make it more prominent. Those who have noticed it have nearly always made enquiries as to what it means. I know others of you have had the same experience.
As temple-worshippers we have also entered into covenents to turn our homes into miniatiature Zions. Every room should have something in it that catches the eye pointing the observer to Christ. Every room should be an advertisement of our faith. Whatever our other interests may be they should not stand out as the most prominent thing to an observer.
So now I'm going to challenge you, each in turn, to tell me what, in every room in your house, bears witness of Christ. And then I'm going to ask you to tell me what you will tell your unbelieving friend of visitor what you will tell them when they ask you why, for example, you have a picture of Christ in your bedroom. Will you just casually say: "Oh, my family's Christian" or will you bear your testimony, saying something like: "I've accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour and want everyone coming into my bedroom to know just what He means to me." And then I'm going to ask you this question: "Just what does Jesus mean to you personally? What has He personally done for you to make your life better? And, how are you going to follow Him better over the next week?"
I guess that makes some of you a bit nervous...well, that's good and it's not good. It's good because it means it's time you publically nailed your colours to the mast. It's not so good because it means you probably havn't done it often enough; because once you've made public confession of your faith a few times, that fear will disappear and it will give you pure joy to do so. And why? Because Jesus will step right into your heart and speak through you!
Brethren and sisters, to enter the miracle-phase of the New Covenant Church dispensation we must do this. So today we're going to start. May the Lord bless us richly with His Holy Spirit as we do! Amen.
This page was created on 12 May 1998
Last updated on 12 May 1998
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