Welcome to Part 3 of the Busy at Home Series! Together, we’ve been searching God’s word to learn what it says about housekeeping. I’m a naturally messy person and struggle with housekeeping (Part 1), but I’m convinced that God cares about the condition of our homes (Part 2). You can dive right into Part 3 or catch up first by clicking the links in the previous sentence.
Previously in this series, we’ve established that God cares about the condition of our homes and wants us to manage our homes well.
Since we know God wants us to be good housekeepers (not to look perfect, but so we can function well), we know that housekeeping is obedient. So the question really is, “Is obedience worship?” and I hope your soul shouts, “Yes!”
Obedience is Worship
Why do you worship God?
Really think about your answer and form it into words. I’ll wait right here…
My answer would be, “To show God how much I love Him and how thankful I am for everything He’s done.” I would guess your answer has something to do with love, adoration, or appreciation, too.
The Bible tells us how to show love to God. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15). Samuel said, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Obedience is the highest form of worship. When we do the hard work of obedience, it shouts our love and reverence to God.When we do the hard work of obedience, it shouts our love and reverence to God. Click To Tweet
Homemaking is worship, because it is obedient to His word.
Serving Others is Worship
…through love, serve one another. Galatians 5:13
We are commanded to serve one another. I’ve often thought about this verse as relating to church work and volunteering.
What if it applies to our families too?
make dentist appointments,
chauffeur to doctors’ appointments,
do a million other things as moms, wives, daughters, and sisters…
we are tangibly serving the people God gave us.
Homemaking is a tangible reminder that Jesus served others. The slight pang of sacrifice we feel spurs us to worship the one who sacrificed all for us.
Homemaking serves others, and serving others is a way to worship God.
Your Heart Matters
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23
Consider the word heartily for a moment. It literally means, with heart. The state of your heart matters.
In 1 Chronicles 28:9, David says to Solomon, “Know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and a willing mind.”
For homemaking to be worship, our hearts need to be set on God.
So how can we prepare our hearts to worship through homemaking?
Confess our sin.
Homemaking can bring up old wounds, patterns of sin, and weaknesses in our spiritual walk.
If your heart is hardened by resentment, entitlement, or selfishness, be honest with God about it. If you have a tendency to grumble or keep score, ask God to free you from that.
Confess it. Repent of it. Commit to continually turn away from it.
Our God is a God of abundance! Ask Him for what you need. He has enough energy, motivation, and perseverance to help you get through the many tasks your day requires. He cares about every little part of our lives and He can work even in our most mundane situations.God cares about every little part of our lives; He can work even in our most mundane situations. Click To Tweet
Pray as you begin a homemaking task. Ask for God’s help to work efficiently, make decisions quickly, and to know when to stop so you don’t get overwhelmed.
This is a prayer I wrote for all of us reluctant homemakers out there. You can click on the image to get a printable version. I’ve posted mine in my laundry room, right beside where I keep my vacuum and mop. Put it wherever you need a reminder that this business of keeping a home matters to God.
Declare it as worship
Say the words, “I am worshiping you right now, God.” Let the cleaning you do remind you of the cleaning He’s done in your heart. Let the sacrifice you feel remind you of the sacrifice of Jesus. As you serve your family, remember how Jesus served too.
You can also turn on your favorite worship music to help with this!
Homemaking is Worship
Taking care of the gifts God has given us is not only good stewardship, it’s a way we can worship Him. God wants us to be good housekeepers; I’m convinced of that. I don’t think He desires perfection or that there’s a checklist of tasks He wants done each day/week/month/etc. But I do think we have to keep our lives and homes running well enough to be able to be used by God however He sees fit. It’s one way we can show our gratitude for the blessings He has given to us!
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In Part 4, I share 12 strategies that have helped me gain control over my home and life. I pray they help you, too!
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What about you, friend? How do you turn housekeeping into worship? Share your best tips in the comments!