On Sunday this week during the sermon, my pastor mentioned the difference between Christian homes and Christ-centered homes. I personally believe it is a challenge to really have a Christ-centered home when there are so many opportunities and events vying for our attention.
Pastor went on to talk about one of the simple ways we can focus on Christ in our homes is by directing our conversation to God when we discuss life with our children. He gave the example of a rainbow and how when we see a beautiful rainbow, we can not only talk about its beauty, but how it is a sign of God’s faithfulness.
This part of the sermon took my thoughts down the path of everyday occasions to point us to Jesus. You know, those usual, routine things that happen almost each and every day? They can be experiences that cause us to reflect on the principles of Christ-like living if we tune in to them.
I really want to be more focused on allowing these everyday experiences to point to the path of knowing and understanding Jesus and His Word more each day. So I thought it would be fun to make a list of everyday occasions that point us to Jesus. Making a list helps me keep the ideas in the forefront of my mind so that the conversations I have with myself and others will be not only Christian, but Christ-centered. You ready? Here we go!
1. Seeing the beautiful night sky.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Ps. 19:1
2. Watching the sun rise.
The Mighty One, God the LORD,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting. Ps. 50:1
3. Eating bread.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. Jn. 6:35
4. Drinking water.
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. Jn. 4:14
5. Viewing a beautiful rainbow.
When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth. Gen. 9:16
6. Going to sleep.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Ps. 4:8
7. Waiting for anything. A stop light to change or a line to move.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Ps. 27:14
8. Going shopping.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19
9. Washing dishes.
he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5
10. Watching birds.
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! Luke 12:24
11. Giving gifts. Birthdays, special days… any occasion a gift is given.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matt. 7:11
Alright, Friends. I’m stopping there for now, but it’s your turn!
What everyday occasions do you encounter that you know points to Jesus? Will you share them with us?