When my mother learned that my husband and I were moving forward with our plans to foster children, she looked at us with questioning eyes.
“Why the reservation?” I asked.
“Your home is too small,” she replied in the sincerest voice she could muster.
“Is my home too small?” I pondered. “Is it really too small to help children in crisis?”
Although my mom eventually answered with her heart, giving us the thumbs-up, I have to admit that she was thinking in some pretty practical terms. She was considering my home’s limited square footage, the fact that my large family shares one bathroom (a miracle that God works out every day on our behalf!) and that we’d have to convert our home school room to create additional sleeping quarters.
And while these are all very practical matters, I, on the other hand was considering purpose and destiny: an opportunity to love the “least of these” and to influence a precious child with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It’s so easy for us to look at what we don’t have and long for something more. It’s an affliction that I’ve struggled with, any maybe you have, too? Does that make us discontented weirdos? Not really, for even the Bible confirms “the eyes of man are never satisfied” (Proverbs 27:20).
In fact, Jesus’ very own disciples overlooked God’s sufficiency for their lives. When thousands of people following Jesus needed to be fed his disciples suggested sending them away due to lack of food. (Matthew 14:15)
However, “Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” (v. 16)
Yet his disciples only saw what they lacked, surmising what they had on hand to be insufficient: “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.” (v. 17)
In other words: Not enough, Lord. Not enough!
However, when we gain an eternal perspective of house and home, we will quickly realize that our home is more than enough, and just like Paul, we will be able to say, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, … I can do all this through him [Jesus] who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12).
Our home is God’s appointed provision for our family. Accepting God’s sovereignty for our lives helps us to cultivate a heart of contentment. So, no matter where we make our abode – be it an apartment in the city, a house in the suburbs, or a thatched hut wherever – we can be sure that it’s all we need to love our husband well, raise children to be strong in faith, and make a life that honors God.
God satisfies us with his salvation, He fills our heart with thanksgiving, and he births within us a spirit of contentment. All of these treasures bring life to our family, and to our home.
No matter how small my home is – or how large yours may be – with Jesus, our home is enough.
From my home to yours,
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This post was adapted from Welcome Home Ministry’s new 20-day devotional entitled “Because of Jesus, My Home Is…”
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