The Christian Home Is an Object Lesson. --The mission of the home extends
beyond its own members. The Christian home is to be an object lesson,
illustrating the excellence of the true principles of life. Such an illustration
will be a power for good in the world. . . . As the youth go out from such a
home, the lessons they have learned are imparted. Nobler principles of life are
introduced into other households, and an uplifting influence works in the
The home in which the members are polite, courteous Christians exerts a
far-reaching influence for good. Other families will mark the results attained
by such a home, and will follow the example set, in their turn guarding the home
against Satanic influences. The angels of God will often visit the home in which
the will of God bears sway. Under the power of divine grace such a home becomes
a place of refreshing to worn, weary pilgrims. By watchful guarding, self is
kept from asserting itself. Correct habits are formed. There is a careful
recognition of the rights of others. The faith that works by love and purifies
the soul stands at the helm, presiding over the whole household. Under the
hallowed influence of such a home, the principle of brotherhood laid down in the
word of God is more widely recognised and obeyed.
Influence of a Well-ordered Family. --It is no small matter for a family to
stand as representatives of Jesus, keeping God's law in an unbelieving
community. We are required to be living epistles known and read of all men. This
position involves fearful responsibilities.
One well-ordered, well-disciplined family tells more in behalf of
Christianity than all the sermons that can be preached. Such a family gives
evidence that the parents have been successful in following God's directions,
and that their children will serve Him in the church. Their influence grows; for
as they impart, they receive to impart again. The father and mother find helpers
in their children, who give to others the instruction received in the home. The
neighbourhood in which they live is helped, for in it they have become enriched
for time and for eternity. The whole family is engaged in the service of the
Master; and by their godly example, others are inspired to be faithful and true
to God in dealing with His flock, His beautiful flock.
The greatest evidence of the power of Christianity that can be presented to
the world is a well-ordered, well-disciplined family. This will recommend the
truth as nothing else can, for it is a living witness of its practical power
upon the heart.
The best test of the Christianity of a home is the type of character begotten
by its influence. Actions speak louder than the most positive profession of
Our business in this world . . . is to see what virtues we can teach our
children and our families to possess, that they shall have an influence upon
other families, and thus we can be an educating power although we never enter
into the desk. A well-ordered, a well-disciplined family in the sight of God is
more precious than fine gold, even than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Wonderful Possibilities Are Ours. --Our time here is short. We can pass
through this world but once; as we pass along, let us make the most of life. The work to which we are called
does not require wealth or social position or great ability. It requires a
kindly, self-sacrificing spirit and a steadfast purpose. A lamp, however small,
if kept steadily burning, may be the means of lighting many other lamps. Our
sphere of influence may seem narrow, our ability small, our opportunities few,
our acquirements limited; yet wonderful possibilities are ours through a
faithful use of the opportunities of our own homes. If we will open our hearts
and homes to the divine principles of life, we shall become channels for
currents of life-giving power. From our homes will flow streams of healing,
bringing life, and beauty, and fruitfulness where now are barrenness and dearth.
God-fearing parents will diffuse an influence from their own home circle to
that of others that will act as did the leaven that was hid in three measures of
Faithful work done in the home educates others to do the same class of work.
The spirit of fidelity to God is like leaven and, when manifested in the church,
will have an effect upon others, and will be a recommendation to Christianity
everywhere. The work of whole-souled soldiers of Christ is as far-reaching as
eternity. Then why is it that there is such a lack of the missionary spirit in
our churches? It is because there is a neglect of home piety.
Influence of an Ill-regulated Family. --The influence of an ill-regulated
family is widespread, and disastrous to all society. It accumulates in a tide of
evil that affects families, communities, and governments.
It is impossible for any of us to live in such a way that we shall not cast
an influence in the world. No member of the family can enclose himself within
himself, where other members of the family shall not feel his influence and spirit. The very expression of the countenance has an influence for good or
evil. His spirit, his words, his actions, his attitude toward others, are
unmistakable. If he is living in selfishness, he surrounds his soul with a
malarious atmosphere; while if he is filled with the love of Christ, he will
manifest courtesy, kindness, tender regard for the feelings of others and will
communicate to his associates, by his acts of love, a tender, grateful, happy
feeling. It will be made manifest that he is living for Jesus and daily learning
lessons at His feet, receiving His light and His peace. He will be able to say
to the Lord, "Thy gentleness hath made me great."