I used to be obsessed with the fact that ONLY Wyoming, Delaware could EVER be called my “home”. Stuck to tradition and the love for deep meaning, another place simply could never hold the depth of what my growing up life held. That had been challenged deeply at the age of 14 when my family moved from my “home” to Branson, Missouri where we lived in just a “house”, as I would purposefully call it. I was very determined to never make it my “home.” But something happened when I turned 16 while on a mission trip in Alaska, shortly after I was baptized. Jesus showed up in my life and started revealing himself to me in an even deeper way than I thought was possible. Deeper than my love for Wyoming, Delaware and deeper than anything else as stable as what “home” used to hold for me. Jesus was taking me out of my own terms of stability, and reteaching me about how He was now my home.
This is what happens in the life of those who choose to follow Jesus. Slowly but surely, our God not only takes what used to be our life and turn our affection to Him – but He uses what was dear to us to show us how dear He is. My depth of love for what was secure in my life before (my home in Delaware) taught me just how much MORE of a security HE was than any home or place or tradition ever could be.
Though you have a different story than I do in finding and knowing Jesus – we as believers are ALL going in the same direction (seeking after Jesus) and are all given the same resource – His very Spirit. Not only do we have His Word that teaches and instructs us about who He is, but we have His very Spirit to make every single moment of our life and act of worship to our Lord. Do you realize we (Christians) are now walking, talking homes of the living God? (1 Corinthians 6:17-19). That means that everything we touch, everything we say is potential for God to lead and direct you to reveal Himself to this world! Ultimately any job, any task and any conversation turn into a holy worship of the living God. If you are filled with His Spirit – home is where He is. Therefore “homemaking” is simply walking in obedience to Jesus. (Matthew 6:19-21)
For some of you, your homemaking is not the traditional “mother, keeper of a home”. And that is just fine! God is not limited to one kind of “homemaking”. If His Spirit is going with you to the corporate workplace or to the coffee shop shift or to classes at school… those places are your setting to reveal your home of holy worship (Jesus in you). He uses you, His tool, to manifest himself in those places and THAT is the best kind of homemaking. Allowing Him (walking in obedience) to transform mundane settings with a touch of His Spirit.
Truly brother and sister… all that you do is holy. When we join our God in the mission of revealing Himself to this world – He makes every piece of life (singleness, married, doing dishes or writing a paper) an act of holy worship (1 Corinthians 10:31). Can you imagine the excellence of our tasks and the joy-filled countenance that would exude from our lives? My the world be blown away by the hope we possess (1 Peter 3:15).
“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.” – Elizabeth Elliot