Growing a Christ-Centered Home

Cheri Strange

As a mother navigating the complexities of family life, I understand the challenges of fostering a Christ-centered home amid the chaos of daily responsibilities. Out of the eight, we are living with the youngest three who will move into their next stage of life within the next couple of years. With years of experience raising children from diverse backgrounds, my husband and I have learned valuable lessons about what it takes to cultivate a home where Jesus is at the center. Today, I’m excited to share some insights and practical tips to help you grow a Christ-centered home of your own.

Love Well

We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

At the heart of a Christ-centered home is love – a love that reflects the sacrificial love of God. This love is not merely expressed in words but demonstrated through selfless actions and unwavering commitment. It involves learning for ourselves, the depths and the riches of the love of God toward us, and out of that understanding, learning to love other. Loving well in a Christ-centered home beckons us to often set aside our own desires and preferences to prioritize the needs of others.

Love, at its core, in a Christ-centered home encompasses discipline, order, and clear boundaries, all rooted in the love of God. It’s about cultivating an atmosphere of love and acceptance where every family member feels valued and cherished.

Live with Intentionality

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

Growing a Christ-centered home requires intentionality in every aspect of life. It’s about forming habits that reflect our commitment to following Christ. This includes personal devotion to God, regular family devotions, and intentional choices about how we spend our time, money, and resources. From the words we speak to the media we consume, every decision should align with our desire to honor God and point others to Him. By intentionally weaving the principles of Scripture into our daily lives, we create a culture where faith is not just a Sunday activity but a way of life.

Lace Conversations with the Bible

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-7

One of the most effective ways to nurture a Christ-centered home is through regular Bible-based conversation. This doesn’t mean you need to be a Biblical scholar, or hold regular family Bible drills. It does require that you and I spend enough time with God, personally, that we begin to think about the world (i.e., our goals, decisions, ideas, and opinions) through a Biblical lens. Growing a Christ-centered home requires talking with our kids about real world issues from a biblical perspective. As the parent, we are to help them answer how a Christian should think about an issue, according to Scripture, or determine the right response for a believer. And this naturally happens in a thousand different conversations.

Limit Exposure to Worldly Influences

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

In a world filled with competing voices and ideologies, it’s essential to be the gatekeeper of our houses. It’s up to you and me to determine what media is allowed inside. We can decide what technology is available and what can be consumed by said technologies. This role will likely feel a little like a killjoy. You might risk your chance at becoming “the cool mom” on the street. But that’s okay. We are not given a biblical mandate to walk in step with the culture.

Instead, growing a Christ-centered home calls us to surround ourselves and our families with Christian influence. This includes everything from the media we consume to the friends we choose to spend time with. It’s not a dull or silent environment. Instead, it is one overflowing with Christian music, podcasts, books, and other resources that reinforce biblical truth and values. Let me encourage you to be intentional about fostering relationships with other believers. These connections will provide support, encouragement, and accountability for what to limit and what to embrace in your homes.

Lead Well

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.” – Psalm 127:4

Finally, embrace your God-given role to lead. The Psalmist paints a picture of a skilled warrior with arrows in his quiver and likens it to parenting. Skilled warriors aim arrows. You, my friend, are that skilled warrior in your home. Your children are the arrows, who need you to teach them and lead them. They learn from you by your habits, your words, and your temperament. You lead them in your treatment of God, others, and a host of other things every day. It is good and right for you and me to aim them toward loving Jesus with their whole lives. There will be plenty of influences to aim them otherwise. Use your God-given influence in the lives of those entrusted to you. Lead them so that they will know nothing else but to love Jesus all of their days.

A Christ-centered home is a journey that requires commitment, intentionality, and reliance on God’s grace. By prioritizing love, living with intentionality, lacing conversations with the truths of the Bible, limiting exposure to worldly influences, and leading well, we create homes that honor Jesus, and where faith flourishes. Remember, you are not alone on this journey. God is with you every step of the way, equipping and empowering you to build a home that glorifies Him and blesses others.

For His glory,

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