Recently, I’ve been writing about the different parts of being a disciple. We’ve talked about what a disciple’s schedule and work look like. It’s also important to talk about what a disciple’s home looks like. Much like our schedule, it can be really easy to relegate spiritual activity to a specific time or a specific place. Many people see a place of worship as the place where they are spiritual. Some may even include a weekly Bible Study or small group, which may or may not happen in their home, as a time and place where spiritual formation happens. Just like our schedule, however, living as a disciple encompass everyplace that we are.
When we are at home, we need to remember that we are disciples there, too. This is important because your home should be a place where discipleship happens. I know how easy it is to go home and check out. You can put in or stream a movie, play video game, or watch whatever is on tv. It’s really easy and tempting to go home and be distracted.
In my own life, however, I’m learning again the importance of coming home and engaging with my family. I don’t have a physically demanding job, but sometimes I have very long days. After a long day, I would love to go home and lay on the couch, but my wife and daughter are waiting at home for me to come home and spend time with them. I can’t raise my daughter as a follower of Christ by coming home and checking out. It is appropriate to rest, but it’s also essential to see your home as a hub of ministry and discipleship for your family and for your neighborhood.
Not everyone has a family to come home to, but your home can also be a place for people to gather and see how a disciple lives. While speaking at Exponential, missional leader Michael Frost encouraged people to live questionable lives. We need to live lives that cause our neighbors to ask why we do something. You need to live a questionable (for good reasons) life at home, otherwise your neighbors will think there’s nothing different about you. If you are a follower of Christ and they aren’t, then there is definitely something different about you that should be visible to the world.
How can you make your life questionable? How can you be present to your family and neighbors to create opportunities for discipleship and ministry?