The foundation of a home impacts the entire family in every facet of their lives.
In the Christian home the bible instructs us, in Deuteronomy 6, that the foundation should be based off of “the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:” (vs. 1).
In a nutshell the commandments, statues and judgments were put in place to teach the children of Israel to “[…] love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (vs. 5), that they “shall be in thine heart:” (vs. 6) forever.
Now when something is kept in our hearts, how do we treat it? If its something positive, we treasure it so much that we always think about it. Not only do we think about it constantly, we love to tell everyone that we come into contact with about it. “We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen;” (John 3:11) Almost like we become the best spokesperson or advertisement for this thing that we love, cherish and desire so much.
Well, God is longing for us to have that same love and desire that we have for temporal earthly things for heavenly things. He desires that we will love Him so much, that we will always speak about those things we know will please Him. He yearns that we not only speak about them, but that will apply them to our daily lives, and not just on the Sabbath. By being a daily witness, we won’t be able to help but to “teach them diligently unto [our] children, and shalt talk of them when [we] sittest in thine house, and when [we] walkest by the way, and when [we] liest down, and when [we] risest up.” (vs. 7).
He desires us to “bind [the commandments and statutes] for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.” (vs. 8) That we will allow God to be a leading force in how we conduct ourselves in our work (using our hands), and what we set before our eyes. “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:” (Psalm 101:3)
Lastly, God wants us to “write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” ( vs. 9). So that when people come into your sphere of influence, they will not have to question where you stand; the evidence of your conviction will be ever present before anyone ever steps foot into your realm. Truth of the matter is, God wants us to not only be a contagious Christians outside the home, but first and foremost be one inside the home. Our children need to see an example of an infectious Christian in us, first, so that they themselves can model and be one inside and outside the home as well.
God needs for all His followers to be able to have the same testimony that He had for Abraham: “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” – Genesis 18:19
Good needs for His God fearing families to say “if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; […] but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15
God needs for His professing families to understand their foundation and that “[e]xcept the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it […]” – Psalm 127:1
God wants us to lay our family foundation on Him as parents, and then to teach our children how to obtain that same foundation not only by precept but by our example. So that in the end, when He returns He will be able to say “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” – Matthew 25:21
based on Adventist Home “The Home Beautiful”