As you can imagine, I have been reading a lot of parenting books. One is titled The Art of Parenting. However, one chapter resonates with all Christians.
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”2 Corinthians 5:20
On page 224, the authors talk about how our homes are Jesus’ embassies.
They say that thinking of our home that way elevates its atmosphere and purpose and the value of those living there. How to see it that way?
An embassy is one’s country’s headquarters in another country.
I’ve been writing a lot about the Kingdom of God. This is a natural outflow of that. My home is an embassy for it in my neighborhood.
The laws and cultures of the home country are observed within the walls of the embassy.
The authors ask if guests can see that your home is ruled by Jesus. Is the home governed by His calendar?
An ambassador is an honored representative of one country to another.
When you walk out the door, they ask, are you aware you’re in a foreign country on a mission? How are you and your family representing your homeland and King?
“But we don’t have to be in our embassy to offer people hospitality. We “embrace” people even when we give a waiter a kind word and generous tip, when we sit with a friend on a triumphant day or one when she can’t stop crying because of loss. We communicate a taste of God’s tenderness, warmth, and purposeful, well-planned love for us.”Pg 228 Art of Parenting
I’ll end with this quote for you to reflect on.