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The G.I. Joe cartoon from the 1980s usually ended with a lesson to help kids learn and grow. The soldier/hero closed with the phrase, “Now you know. And knowing is half the battle.” When it comes to faith and living it out, the Holy Spirit is the entire battle, and Jesus has given the Spirit to us. Filled with the Spirit, we take all we have been learning and turn it into action.
There are some homes – maybe yours is one – which should have a revolving door installed. So many people coming and going all the time! The research shows this kind of “open door” mindset is a key component of a spiritually vibrant home.
The table is the hub of our homes. It is around the table that we gather for meals and conversation. One of the pillars of a spiritually vibrant home is a loud table. What kinds of conversations are you having around your table? God has called us to be daily reflecting and talking about God at work in your daily life. How do we make it less awkward and more part of our everyday life?
Do you feel comfortable praying…out loud…in a group? Prayer can be such a tremendous part of our relationship with Jesus, but many people don’t understand it or are nervous about praying, especially with others. One of the three keys to a spiritually vibrant household is “messy prayers.” No matter how you say it, God loves you and wants to hear from you and, in fact, has provided everything you need to talk with Him.
The home is central to life and culture. In His life and ministry, Jesus did not try to supplant the traditional household as we see in some other world religions and spiritual movements (communes, extreme asceticism). Rather, Jesus embraced and valued the household, choosing homes as a central tool of His new kingdom to impact individuals, families, and the world.
Oikos is the Greek word for households. The American model for a household is typically a nuclear family, however, that can leave many feeling alone or left out. When we understand the biblical definition of households (oikos) we will see that no one is left out. The beauty of a biblical household is that, by definition, it provides a place of belonging to people who would otherwise be living life alone.
Brookfield Lutheran Church
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