His descendants will be mighty on earth;
The generation of the upright will be blessed. (
Our home may be the closest thing on earth to heaven—or the nearest thing to hell. Choices we make—and the choices of other family members as well—establish that environment, because God has made a choice to bless the home that is blessable. How a husband and wife relate to God and to each other has a dramatic effect on the children and their choices. It does not guarantee that when they reach maturity physically that every family member will continue to walk in God’s ways, for each of us must make that decision, but it points them in the right direction and affords them with the best opportunity for experiencing the favor of God in their future family, also.
Heaven in your home requires the man of the house to be a man of God (
Ps.112:1). He has
a profound reverence for the Lord. His
heart is in awe of the majesty of God and at the same time abased at the
depravity of his own soul. This leads
him to amazement of God’s grace and mercy.
Such a spiritual leader in the home is known as, “a God-fearing
man.” Rather than a legalistic
obligation exhibited toward God’s commands, he displays delight in following
God’s will. None of us would discount
the significance of the mother in the home, but typically, if the father is a
man of God, his wife will partner with him.
Being a spiritual leader isn’t about a man exerting authority, but
embracing responsibility. This is
foundational to having heaven in your home.
If that is the foundation, then the framework built atop that spiritual commitment is seen in
Ps.112:4-10. Godly parents build with character, “upright…and righteous” (v.4). Reputation is what we are in public and how
others view us; character is what we are in private and what our family knows
about us! To character, we nail down
conviction (v.6-8). The parents are
solid in their beliefs, not shaky about it.
They not only can tell the children what they need to do, they can tell
them why—based on the authority of God’s Word.
Character and conviction must also be connected to compassion (v.4b-5a,
9). We can articulate the truth without
being angry about it. Love marks the
followers of Christ, and our children need to be taught to be compassionate and
generous. They will not accept the
message unless we present the model. The
fourth pillar added to character, conviction, and compassion is this: correction
(v.5b). Discretion is the wisdom to
guide our family in God’s course, and if we see a child straying to correct
This godly foundation and framework brings God’s favor to our family (
Ps.112:2-4a; 113:1-9). God’s favor includes a godly heritage on
earth ( Ps.112:2-4a;
113:7-9). God wants to grow some spiritual champions
from our offspring and we can cultivate the soil, weed the ground, and water
the sprout. Our children can be
successful in life—and that isn’t about them claiming trophies, scoring
touchdowns, passing tests, and accumulating treasure—it is about abundant life
in Christ! God’s favor is ultimately
about a great honor in eternity ( Ps.112:6,
9b; 113:7-8). More than anything we have in this life, we
want our children with us in heaven! The
greatest reward for godly parents will be to see their offspring with them in
heaven’s glory. Their home in heaven
then begins with bringing some heaven to your home now. God help us in this great task!