The Call to the Home

Bible Book: Deuteronomy  6 : 1-12
Subject: Home; Family; Call, God's
Series: Hope For The Home

The Call To The Home

Dr. J. Mike Minnix, Editor,

A young girl got her first computer and decided to write an email to a friend. She composed the email with slow finger movements, and sent it through the net world. In one sentence she meant to type, "We have a lot of fun at our house because we do a lot of singing." She mistyped a word and it read, "We have a lot of fun at our house, because we do a lot of sinning."

There are many homes filled with a lot of sinning today, but its not producing much fun. Misery and sorrow follows sin as darkness follows day.

Why are so many of our homes falling apart? Why is there so much abuse in the home? The answer lies in understanding that we were created for fellowship with God, but in many cases we have abandoned Him. We cannot expect our homes to be blessed if we retreat from the Blesser!

God calls the family to Himself, for He is the only hope for the home. We need his direction and His strength in order to make our family life what it was intended to be.

One little girl who was at a homeless shelter with her family was told by a worker, "I am sorry you do not have a home." The little girl had been taught well by her down-and-out father, and she replied, "Oh, I have a home all right, I just don't have a house to put it in."

There are some people living in big houses but they don't have a home. There are others with skimpy houses, or no house at all, but they have a home. We must come to God to learn the nature and value of a real home.

In Deuteronomy 6 we see Moses addressing the people in a farewell message. The subject of his message centers on the home. God has given Moses a word to share and it deals with calling the homes of Israel up close to their Lord. Lets look at God's call to the home today, and lets listen very carefully, for it could be that you will hear Him calling your home closer to Himself today!

You will note five truths for godly home life which God gave to Moses and told him to share with families.

I. Called to Listen to the Lord 6:1-4

Dueteronomy 6:1-4: “Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!"

You must not miss the word, "Hear!" God calls on us to listen to the correct voice. The world is filled with the cacophonous clatter of the secular and Satanic directions for the home. We must tune that out and tune in to God and His Word.

Harvard astronomers have dialed outer space and are listening for an answer. Their ear, 85 feet in diameter, is a receiving dish located near Boston. According to a column in USA Today, this endeavor is the most extensive search ever conducted for intelligent life in outer space. The project is using a sophisticated, computerized radio receiver that allows the scientist to listen to and analyze 128,000 frequencies at once, 24 hours a day, for 4 years. They have received nothing of significance. Friend, you can open the tiny ear of your heart and hear from outer space. God will speak, if you and I will listen!

Hearing can be a real problem. Three retired men were talking one day. Each was suffering some hearing loss. One said, "Windy, ain't it?" The second man said, "No, it's Thursday." The third man said, "Yeh, I'm thirsty, lets get a Coke."

It can be embarrassing to hear things incorrectly from our fellow man, but it is downright dangerous for us to hear things incorrectly from the Lord. We simply must tune our hearing to the Lord and His Wod. There is no hearing aid that can help with this matter. I heard the other day of man who got a new hearing aid. He was telling a friend about it. He said that it was the lastest thing. He could hear a bird singing a hundred yards away. He could hear a tinkling bell across the street. His friend asked, "What kind is it?" The proud owner of the hearing aid said, "Five-fifteen." Apparently the hearing aid was not quite as effective as the buyer thought it was.

You need more than a hearing aid to receive directions from God for your life. What do you need?

A. A Faith that creates a Personal Relationship - "your God" - The Sovereignity of God
B. A Faith that clings to a Promised Reward - "promised you" - The Success from God

II. Called to Love the Lord 6:5-6

Deuteronomy 6:5-6: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart

Nothing is so terrible as a lukewarm heart toward the Lord. Jesus said that He would spew out of His mouth the lukewarm believer and lukewarm church! Heaven is calling the parents and adults in a home to have a blazing love for God!

A. You Must Love Him Passionately - "all" the heart
B. You Must Love Him Personally - "all" the soul
C. You Must Love Him Practically - "all" the strength

Husband, wife, mom, dad, there is no substitute for loving God. Be assured of this, your children can see through you like a window pane. If you are not sincere in your love for Christ, they will see it!

III. Called to Learn from the Lord 6:7

Deuteronomy 6:7: You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
A. Impression

The word "impress" means to cut, or imbed the truth. In other words, you must impress deeply into your children the truth of God. The school is not going to do this. Your children are in school about 1500 to 1600 hours a year. That is less than half the time they are at home or should be at home. The church cannot do this. Your children are at church approximately 300 hours a year if they come regularly to Sunday School, morning and evening worship and some mid-week activities. But your children are at home about 3,000 hours a year. God gives the responsibility to you to instruct your children in spiritual matters.

B. Instruction

We are to teach our children God's ways and words. Just how well are we doing? In the book entitled, Right From Wrong, we discover that youth today, in and outside the church, do not accept objective standards of truth. That is, they do not believe that certain things are right and others things are wrong. Those who do not accept objective truth are:

26% more likely to lie to a parent.

48% more likely to cheat on a test.

3 times more likely to take illegal drugs.

2 times more likely to get drunk.

2 times more likely to be angry with life and lack purpose.

C. Interaction

You are to interact with your children. Spend time with them. Talk to them. This is the way to teach them. A grade school teacher held a contest. She asked her students to describe what they liked best about their fathers. The winning entry read, "I have so much fun with my father that I wish I had known him sooner."

A psychologist studied fathers of one year old children to discover how much time they spent with their children. The estimates ranged from 15 to 20 minutes. Then he attached a microphone to the fathers and discovered that face-to-face time was actually 37 seconds a day in 2.7 encounters of 10 to 15 seconds each. The deepest regret of men in their 50s is that they did not spend enough time with their children when they were little.

Charles Adams, the son of President John Adams, wrote in his diary one day: "Went fishing with my son today ‑ a day wasted." The boy, however, had a different perspective on the day. The entry in his diary for that date reads: "Went fishing with my father ‑ the most wonderful day of my life." [Today's Better Life, Sum 1992.]

IV. Called to Live for the Lord 6:8-9

Deuteronomy 6:8-9: You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
A. In your Hands - what you do
B. In your Head - what you think
C. In your Homes - how you interact
Psalms 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way.
O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life‑‑ when will you come
to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart.

V. Called to Lean upon the Lord 6:10-12

Deuteronomy 6:10-12 10 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— 12 then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
A. So you do not Forget the Goodness of God in your Success
B. So you do not Forget the Grace of God in your Salvation

A read a story some years ago, I have forgetten where, about a man who died for a lack of something to hold on to. The story states that a minister saw a line of people filing in and out of a toolshed and went over to investigate. Inside lay the body of a man who that morning had been found at the foot of a steep hill nearby. The people were trying to identify him. As the minister looked at that lifeless form, he saw that one hand was grasping a long stalk of straw. Apparently the man had grabbed it, desperately hoping it would keep him from falling over the edge. Sadly, there are so many people in our world today who think that the straws of money, pleasure, or some kind of religious background that includes good works will save them. The only hope we have is Jesus and the salvation made available through His death and resurrection.

Let us commit our lives to God and our families to God. He is the only one upon whom we can lean.

“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”