“Look! I have set before you today life and prosperity on the one hand, and death and disaster on the other. What I am commanding you today is to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to obey his commandments, his statutes, and his ordinances. Then you will live and become numerous and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you are about to possess. However, if you turn aside and do not obey, but are lured away to worship and serve other gods, I declare to you this very day that you will certainly perish! You will not extend your time in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess. Today I invoke heaven and earth as a witness against you that I have set life and death, blessing and curse, before you. Therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live!
-Deuteronomy 30:15-19

Being a disciple of Jesus begins with the conscious decision to choose life. That term has been imbued with political implications over the past few decades, but when God told the Israelites to choose life, it was an exhortation toward a specific way of life. It’s about trying to always answer ‘yes’ to the question “Does it glorify God?”

I always get a kick out of statisticians making solemn declarations like “Most slip and fall accidents happen in the home,” or “most car collisions occur within 25 miles of your primary residence.” These statements are true, but they’re also obvious. The majority of people spend more time at home than we do anywhere else. We do more driving within 25 miles of our residences than beyond that radius. Of course those are the places where accidents happen the most.

When it comes to choosing life, those facts offer us a different insight: because we spend more time at home than anywhere else, home is the place where our choices will have the most impact. So it only makes sense for discipleship to begin at home. Asking “does it glorify God?” about each aspect of your home life will move you toward a life of discipleship more quickly than anywhere else. And, as an added bonus, it might inspire the other people in your home to do the same.

What does a home life which glorifies God look like? 

 

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