What A Person Is Really Like

“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (1 Timothy 5:8).

If you want to find out what an animal is really like, where do you go? You don’t go to the zoo or the circus – because that’s where they’re on display; that’s where they perform. If you want to find out what an animal is really like, you need to observe it in its natural habitat.

If you want to find out what a Christian is really like, where do you go? Don’t go to the church – because that’s where we’re on display; that’s where we perform. If you want to find out what a Christian is really like, you need to observe him in his natural habitat – his home. If you want to find out the sincerity of a man’s commitment to Jesus Christ and to following Biblical principles, you don’t ask his pastor or church leaders, you need to ask his wife and his children.

I am becoming increasingly convinced that the reality of a person’s spirituality is not found in the church, but in the home. It is one thing to be kind and gracious to those we meet for a few hours each week. It is quite another thing to be kind and gracious to those we live with every single day.

If our Christianity is going to be effective in reaching a lost world for Jesus Christ, then it must first prove itself in the Christian home.

Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries