Well, most days in our home you will find well-loved toys strewn across the living room floor, an abundance of crumbs scattered beneath the kitchen table, and the bathrooms in varying states of disarray. By all design standards, this is not a picture of a “radiant home.”
The radiance we refer to is the radiance belonging to Jesus Christ. Hebrews 1:3 says, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.” What a beautiful word picture! As followers of Jesus we are called to display His glory as we interact with the people He has placed in our lives. “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).
Though we know what God has called us to, we still struggle daily against our own sin and self-sufficiency. We definitely have days (sometimes many in a row) when we are not so shiny. When we examine our hearts, we are a truly a mess! We fall short of God’s holy standard every minute (Rom. 3:23). He is radiant. We are not.
The amazing thing is that even though God demands punishment for our sin, He also provides the perfect sacrifice through His son, Jesus Christ, so that we are no longer condemned for our sin but forgiven and adopted into the family of God. We deserve punishment, but we get grace! (Eph. 1:3-14)
This is what we want to share with others. So we ask ourselves: How can we share God’s grace with others using the gifts and skills God has given us? How can we develop relationships with people in a way that points them to the radiance of Jesus? We pray that God continues to renew our hearts and that His grace overflows from our home. And we pray that your homes will also be radiant with the presence of Jesus to those around you!
“God created me – and you – to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion – namely a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying His supreme excellence in all spheres of life. Enjoying and displaying are both crucial. If we try to display the excellence of God without joy in it, we will display a shell of hypocrisy and create scorn or legalism. But if we claim to enjoy His excellence and do not display it for others to see and admire, we deceive ourselves, because the mark of God-enthralled joy is to overflow and expand by extending itself into the hearts of others. The wasted life is a life without passion for the supremacy of God for the joy of all peoples.” (from Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper – which is available for free and well worth your time and effort!)