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God Is Calling Us Back Into Homes

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By now most of us are getting sick of the same four walls and the claustrophobia of quarantine life. But I want to suggest that maybe we’ll come out of this time with some redemptive changes to our spiritual lives. What if God wanted to use this season of sheltering to say something to his peopl…
By Seth Barnes

By now most of us are getting sick of the same four walls and the claustrophobia of quarantine life. But I want to suggest that maybe we’ll come out of this time with some redemptive changes to our spiritual lives.

What if God wanted to use this season of sheltering to say something to his people? What if he was showing us a better way to walk out our faith?

After Jesus died, Christianity got started in homes. It is currently growing rapidly this way in countries around the world. But in the West, we moved our churches into big buildings, buildings that sit empty for most of the week and that are empty now.

What if the corona virus were to set in motion a trend away from building-based Christianity and back into the homes of believers?

In January, this is what a racer alumnus, Tara Hoppman, told me. She said, “God is calling us back into homes.” Of course the world since changed and here we are self-distancing in homes. But maybe we’re re-discovering our homes as places of connection. Maybe God wants to meet us there.

Maybe our homes are to be meeting places and sanctuaries. Our lives are currently out of balance. We spend too much time living online. The result is that we’re disconnected and anxious. We know our lives aren’t working.

Maybe we’ll get so tired of the virtual that we’ll press into the real. If home is where the heart is, maybe we’ll discover our hearts there.

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