Monday, November 7, 2011

The Church in Thy House


"The church in thy house."

Is there a Church in this house? Are parents, children, friends, servants, all members of it? Or are some still unconverted? Let us pause here and let the question go round--Am I a member of the Church in this house? How would father's heart leap for joy, and mother's eyes fill with holy tears if from the eldest to the youngest all were saved! Let us pray for this great mercy until the Lord shall grant it to us.

Probably it had been the dearest object of Philemon's desires to have all his household saved; but it was not at first granted him in its fulness. He had a wicked servant, Onesimus, who, having wronged him, ran away from his service. His master's prayers followed him, and at last, as God would have it, Onesimus was led to hear Paul preach; his heart was touched, and he returned to Philemon, not only to be a faithful servant, but a brother beloved, adding another member to the Church in Philemon's house.

Is there an unconverted servant or child absent this morning? Make special supplication that such may, on their return to their home, gladden all hearts with good news of what grace has done! Is there one present? Let him partake in the same earnest entreaty.

If there be such a Church in our house, let us order it well,
and let all act as in the sight of God.

Let us move in the common affairs of life with studied holiness, diligence, kindness, and integrity. More is expected of a Church than of an ordinary household; family worship must, in such a case, be more devout and hearty; internal love must be more warm and unbroken, and external conduct must be more sanctified and Christlike. 

We need not fear that the smallness of our number will put us out of the list of Churches, for the Holy Spirit has here enrolled a family-church in the inspired book of remembrance.

As a Church let us now draw nigh to the great head of the one Church universal, and let us beseech him to give us grace to shine before men to the glory of his name.

---Charles Spurgeon Devotional, Bible Gateway 


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Raising Mighty Arrows said...

What a great post June. My M-I-L was 1 of 9 children. 7 of the 9 children were saved with two sons still yet to have accepted Christ. Someone once told my M-I-L's dad that he should be proud of the 7 that were saved. He said he couldn't truly be proud until all were!

June Fuentes @ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home said...

Thanks for sharing, Heather, that reminds me of many godly couples I know that raised children who are seriously walking with the Lord today. They make it their priority and dedicate their lives to giving what it takes to share the gospel and its teachings to their family and others. They give every last breath!

Many blessings...

Kari said...

Loved this. As a child, I remember my parents praying over and over that their children would come to know Jesus as Savior. And by His great mercy we have!! I'm now praying that same prayer for my children!


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