Coming Home

Play in the leaves...

As much as I love vacations and traveling abroad, I really like coming home. I think about the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 - the time away was never going to suffice as a place to call home. It may have been a season away from the routine, the responsibilities, the pressure and the stuff we call normal, but it was not home.

Home is where Father is:

What we all are learning is the tension between Father’s love and Father’s discipline (Heb 12:7-11). This place of relational development is the greatest place to discover Sonship and the grace that helps us recognize the value of  home. Grace is experienced while learning new things still living in an atmosphere permeated with discipline. 

Normal:

What the Bible calls ”normal” is getting lost in our day, because family structures are splintering and we have embraced so much of secular society’s values. I would propose that the most under appreciated thing we have available to us… is our family routine. According to the writer of Hebrews, it is the environment most conducive to produce “the peaceable fruit of righteousness”. Normal is anything but wasted time if it is lived in the Father’s heart. The Apostle Paul encourages us to redeem time by being lead by the Spirit. He reminds us that there are influences of evil that will steal our values if we choose to live like the Prodigal Son, in foolish endeavors like drunkenness (Eph 5:15-18). Breaking free from normal is living without the canopy of a Father’s discipline. Paul tells us to find out what pleases the Father.

Canopy of Grace:

Time with family, making a schedule, eating at a common table, trying things that allow failure and success; all of these things are designed to be done beneath a canopy of grace. These are things I enjoy coming home to. I believe these routines give us our stability, by training us and creating opportunities for growth in grace. There is grace in our home, because there is a wealth of relationship that nurtures our lives beyond the natural routine. 

Joshua’s Discovery:

The great leader of Israel – Joshua said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” (Josh 24:15) This declaration was not just a line he had drawn in the sand, it was his passionate conviction that he had found a home in God’s grace. He had discovered that God had positioned him to stay beneath the canopy of grace… and it was settled in his heart while coming home.

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