He was having a wonderful time. The Television reporter had picked him up for lunch in a nice restaurant. Now he was enjoying the game in an electronic game parlor. The reporter was interviewing him in an effort to display him to the viewing audience. Maybe a listener would see fit to provide a home for him. He was this week’s Wednesday’s Child. A private home would be better than the institution he had lived in since his parents divorced and left him up for grabs.
“What qualities would you like to see in a home that would take you in?” His face changed from reflecting the fun he was having in the game to one that was solemn and showed he had spent a lot of time considering his answer. “I would like in my forever home parents that love me and loved each other and…” How he began drove a stake in my heart! My forever home!! He would prefer a stable place, a dependable place, an enduring place. And wouldn’t we all?
A child deserves such a place. Not one that is filled with turmoil and change. And the church, our spiritual home, should be such a place. A verse that would revolutionize any congregation if the members would work hard at putting it into effect in their lives is found in I Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
Children need a home described by those adjectives: steadfast, unmovable, abounding in the work of the Lord. With that kind of background they will fulfill proverb 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” It is our duty to display those qualities in the home. And if we display these qualities, our home will be a forever home.
The church is a forever home. “In the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” Daniel 2:44. As ones dedicated to Christ, His word and His Kingdom let us make our earthly home a place that provides joy and peace here and hereafter.