“And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable,
and perfect, will of God.”
Isn’t it amazing how no two homes are the same? Our houses may have similar designs, furnishings, and color palettes, but residents remain as diverse as they come. Yet, for some reason, we’re encouraged to emulate what others do or how they behave in their homes. The problem with that is we’re not the same. God created each of us with different personalities, desires, and needs.
We’re all as different as plants. We can’t be thrown into any type of soil, treated the same, and be expected to thrive and produce. We all need specific nutrients and nurturing for growth.
Conforming to each other, or the outside influences of the world, is a futile plan destined for frustration and failure. That doesn’t provide what we need as Christians. God wants us to fashion our hearts and homes according to His Will.
If we seek to live holy lives, it’s imperative that our homes facilitate that mindset. We can’t expect to have God-honoring homes if our lifestyles are conformed to the world’s ways or our individual preferences.
My home is not always the holy, harmonious, happy place I’d like it to be. Some days our wills wake up on a different page from each other and God.
My hubby and I are very different and don’t always enjoy conforming to what the other person wants. For example:
I like hot tea. He likes coffee.
I like thick crust. He likes thin crust.
I like pie. He likes cake.
I like drinking from glass. He likes drinking from plastic (or Styrofoam).
I like to study words in the Bible. He likes to study a book or topic of the Bible.
I like being outside. He likes being in the shop.
I like riding bikes. He likes cruising in hot rods.
Our clashing seems to start when we set our hearts on our own agendas without giving thought to the other’s preferences. When we force each other to change to fit our molds, disunity hits the fan. This gets even worse when we leave God’s Will out of the equation.
Fortunately, after many years of marriage, we’re learning to appreciate our differences. Rather than try to change each other, we try to find ways to compromise our wills and preserve the peace.
We have more solace when our home life supports one another’s well-being and we focus on conforming our unique lives to God’s Word. We’re healthier and happier when we live holier.
Homes house people. People house wills, and, sometimes, those wills clash. This clashing makes it a struggle to conform to God’s Will. We’re bound to be at odds with each other when we all want our own ways.
Life is much simpler when we renew our minds, align our wills with God’s, and appreciate our differences.
A home conformed to the world
produces families that are conformed to the world.
It doesn’t matter what people think we should be, have, or experience. We must forgo following cultural norms, social pressures, or others’ standards. Our homes must reflect Christ and be physically and spiritually holy to produce Godly fruit.
Bring It Home
How could your home be more conformed to God’s Will?
Are there any changes needed?
Praying for you as we grow together,