It’s easy to get lost in the mundane-ness of our daily tasks, feeling discouraged and even purposeless at home. And often, we choose to escape, seeking our significance and fulfillment outside of the home rather than finding it in the role God has assigned. As a result, our attitude of dread fills our home, and what could be a haven of joy and restoration becomes instead a place of hurt and misunderstanding.
If “home” is a place you want to escape or a responsibility that leaves you feeling meaningless and wasted, maybe the solution isn’t a job promotion or another degree. Perhaps those feelings come because we have lost our sense of mission, our vision for God’s plan and purpose for our homes.
Discovering your mission
What is God’s mission? To “draw all men to Himself” that “every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Through the ages His mission has been one of revelation. Through Creation, through His Son, through His Word, God has been at work revealing Himself to us.
God reveals His power and beauty and majesty through Creation. He revealed His compassion and concern as well as His power through Christ’s miracles. How is He revealing Himself through your home? Have you caught His vision for your life?
In your home.
Cast a vision for your home. See it as a tool for service, as a place to restore and equip your family for their mission, as a place to display the goodness and grace and beauty of your God.
In your marriage.
Keep a sense of mission in this relationship. Seek to identify with Christ, to reveal the mind of Christ in humility, compassion, and service—strengthening and exhorting one for whom Christ gave His life.
In your parenting.
Parent with purpose. Catch God’s vision for each of your children and partner with Him in His work of revelation in their lives, revealing His character and His plan for them.
When you have a mind for God’s mission, you will immediately find a sense of purpose in what He has called you to. You will see how even your most mundane tasks are at work to bring Him glory. And you can rejoice in the circumstances of your life that are revealing the character of God.
Be on mission—even if that mission finds you changing diapers or scrubbing a dirty sink.
This post has been edited and republished from my former blog Homekeepers. Over the next several months, I will be merging my two blogs into this one location.