Friday, May 23, 2014

Should We Have Clean Homes?

A very interesting discussion took place on my post Extremely Messy Homemakers. I gave a way out for those who don't keep clean homes by saying it is more important to raise godly children. Some women changed my mind, however.

Your first priority should be to nurture your children in the wisdom and the knowledge of God but I also think this is very important, "She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

If we believe in Jesus and want to walk in obedience to Him, we must spend our time wisely and He commands that women be keepers at home and guide the home. This must include keeping a well-ordered home. I have often heard a cluttered home produces a cluttered mind. We must train our children to begin working hard and cleaning as soon as they are able.

God wants us to work hard. He is a God of order. We must discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness. God wants us to be disciplined. He gave us His Holy Spirit who lives inside of us and one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. Yes, we would much rather spend our free time on the computer, reading, etc. but our housework must be a priority over those things. Children should be brought up in an environment of order, not chaos.

I use to love watching Martha Stewart cook. She was always cleaning as she went whenever she cooked. It is much easier to clean things right away than let them pile up in the sink. Stuff comes off easily when pots are warm or plates have just been used. Decide one day a week to vacuum your home. Do one load of laundry a day. Find out what works best for you.

After saying all this, however, we must never let our homes become an idol; putting them ahead of our husband, children, or friends. Let your family enjoy and live in your home. Yes, they are going to make messes. Don't fret! Teach your children to clean up after themselves and if your husband doesn't clean up after himself, become a living sacrifice to him and clean up for him. Strive to make your home a place of beauty and rest for your precious family.

I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.  
Proverbs 24:30-34