As Proverbs 31 women called by God to be homemakers, building a home on a solid foundation of God is the greatest responsibility we have. Just like Joshua, we need to stand up and say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
That’s why today we’re taking a look at 5 different ways to build a home on Christ.
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
The Proverbs 31 Woman Builds Her Home
a Proverbs 31 Devotion
To truly build a home founded in Christ, we must first create a relationship alongside our family. We see in this scripture that Joshua gives individuals, and households a way out.
That if they aren’t willing to serve wholeheartedly, then they can choose something else. In a sense, he’s saying don’t waste God’s time, nor even your time! I mean if you’re not going to go all in for Christ, why bother?
Once you’ve committed your household’s ways to Him, and declared that your household will serve Him, there are some great ways to make sure that you are in a constant state of servanthood for His Kingdom.
Remember, Proverbs 31 tells us the virtuous woman “looks well to the ways of her household.” Proverbs 31:27
Are you ready to declare the word’s of Joshua and say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord?
There are so many avenues in which we can build a home founded on Him, but here are some great ways to start:
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related: A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
1. Pray together. This can be at the dinner table before a meal, before bed, but also encourage prayers together periodically throughout the day.
- Send a text to your husband when you know he is about to go into your meeting telling him you are praying and thinking of him.
- Call your mom before her doctor’s appointment to pray.
- Pray continuously together.
2. Worship together. Not just at church on Sabbath morning. Cook dinner and sing to your favorite praise and worship artist. Fold laundry together and tell one another how God blessed you today and worship His name.
When my children were younger one of my favorite things to do was to sing simple praise songs or hymns while I worked or when we were driving – really any time.
It’s important for your kids to see you worship and praise His name in the ordinary moments of ordinary days.
And don’t forget about the importance of family worship time. Those sweet moments of worship together as a family will forever be remembered when your children grow up and leave home. Family worship centers a family around the cross.
3. Love one another. Not a shallow love where words are fleeting. True Biblical love.
A love that is patient, kind, does not envy nor boast. Is not proud, dishonor others, nor is self-seeking. Does not anger easily and does not keep a record of wrongs.
God desires our home to be full of Biblical, God-honoring love, and we do this by following, and obeying His Word.
4. Serve together. This can look like volunteering at your church and getting involved. Making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a local homeless shelter.
It can be honoring one another, specifically your father and mother. (Exodus 20:12)
While serving, make sure that it is done joyfully. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23
In our house, every year we put together food baskets and deliver them to families in our area – sometimes because of a request, sometimes around the holidays. The kids help deliver the baskets and we talk to the families who are hurting and hungry.
Giving your kids the opportunity to serve expands their world view, gives them more compassion, and helps them appreciate the many blessings they have in their own lives.
5. Be a model. As an adult, parent, spouse, child, and child of the King, model everything said here.
Without practicing it yourself, it will fall on deaf ears. You will not portray a humble heart to teach and lead your home, nor will those who are watching you be able to see what it should resemble.
There are many ways to build a home that resembles Christ. Nevertheless, let everything you do, be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)
Action Steps to Take Today
- Pray and ask God to show you how you can build your home on Christ today.
- Speak the words out loud: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”
- What things do you need to change? Your mindset? Attitudes? The words you speak? Write down the things God is laying on your heart.
- Think of one new habit you can start today to worship together as a family – whether it’s starting a family Bible time, setting aside time for worship, or simply singing hymns while you work in the kitchen together.
- Talk to your family about ways you can serve others together and make a plan to do one new act of service this month.
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