by Charles R. Swindoll
1 Corinthians 3:12-15
God has ordained and established three great institutions:
1) the home (Genesis 1:27-28; Ephesians 5:22-31),
2) the church (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:41-47), and
3) government (Romans 13:1-7).
There is no question regarding our belief that the church and state (government) should be separate and distinct. Each is a unique entity, not to be consolidated. Our Lord Jesus Christ stated as much in Mark 12:17 when He said: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
But what about the church and the home? Is there cooperation . . . or competition? To be specific: Has your home lost its identity? Has the role or responsibility of your home been lost in the “religious shuffle” of the church?
How very many churches you and I could name that plan a calendar of events so involved for its members that a meaningful home life is virtually impossible! “Something for everyone, every night” is a slogan that must be considered as an enemy to our homes.
If you are involved in church or religious activities to the point that your home life is hurting, you’re too involved—and you’re heading for trouble. The law of diminishing returns is soon to catch up with you. Somewhere down the busy religious road you’re traveling, a dead-end sign will appear, forcing you to stop, turn around, and return to the place of balance and restful blessing . . . at home . . . if it’s not too late.
One sage put it this way: “Too much of our religious activity today is nothing more than a cheap anesthetic to deaden the pain of an empty life.” Does that describe you? If so—if your involvement is an escape from home—stop where you are. Look at what you’re doing in the light of eternity. Listen to what God says about activity that is done simply in the energy of the flesh:
Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw; each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality [not quantity] of each man’s work. . . . If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss [loss of eternal rewards]; but he himself will be saved. (1 Corinthians 3:12-13, 15)
God, you see, is primarily interested in the quality of our fruit. He looks behind our hurry and hustle . . . He probes and penetrates down to our motive, our inner purpose . . . and on the basis of that discovery, He plans our eternal rewards.
If you are involved in church or religious activities to the point that your home life is hurting, you’re too involved—and you’re heading for trouble. Look at what you’re doing in the light of eternity. God is primarily interested in the quality, not quantity, of our spiritual fruit. He looks behind our hurry and hustle . . . to our motive, our inner purpose.
What if He examined your home life today? What would He find about your relationship with your wife, my friend? Are you loving her “as Christ loved the church”? Are you showing honor to her and building up her character? Wives—how’s the inner beauty of a “gentle and quiet spirit” progressing? Does the man of your home know you’re really behind him? Does he sense your undivided loyalty?
And dare I speak to the children? Do you promote harmony and happiness . . . or have you created a pressure-packed atmosphere? If you are among the younger ones in the home, are you showing respect . . . are you giving your folks the assurance that you’re submissive and willing? Look over Ephesians 6:1-4 as a family tonight. Discuss it together.
One final reminder. The church can seldom resurrect what the home puts to death. The very best proof of the genuineness of your Christianity occurs within the framework of your home. If you must become over-involved, become over-involved in your role as a character builder in the home. Believe me—the church will stay healthy and strong as long as its homes are healthy and strong. God’s priority system seems to begin at the grassroots level—at home. Cultivate that soil with care.
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