So what is all of that? How can interior design, decor, room flow, or even homemaking have a purpose at pointing people towards the kingdom of heaven?
Have you ever walked into someone’s house and just had a sense of peace? You were comfortable, probably because of one or more of the following: the people in that house were genuinely glad to host you, you were served food or drink, the conversation was rich, you felt loved. Perhaps the house was clean but not so clean that you felt like you would never be invited back if you spilled a drink!
Maybe you felt like you could sit on the couch and close your eyes for a minute and it wouldn’t be rude. Maybe there were cozy seating areas perfect for conversation and a blanket for when you got cold.
Maybe you didn’t feel like you had to continuously talk because the quiet felt perfectly fine too. You probably ate some delicious food, drank coffee or another yummy drink. You probably laughed a bit or even cried.
I bet if you were in the home of a Jesus follower, all of this was brought to a whole other level. There was probably talk about Jesus. Maybe the presence of the Holy Spirit was evident as soon as you walked in the door. Maybe you were prayed for. I bet ultimately, you felt loved as if Jesus had loved you.
This, my friends, is how decorating, homemaking, hosting, & design can create the environments where the Holy Spirit is manifested. The heart behind creating a beautiful room, or incredible food is knowing there will be people served and loved.
Many of us have a false idea of a “ministry” vocation. We believe that those who are pastors, missionaries, writers, musicians, or have the label “Christian” in their organization, that they are the ministers. The rest of us work in the secular world, often pretending like we weren’t “called” to be in the ministry.
But aren’t all believers in Jesus called to make disciples, to use their gifts for the benefit of the body of Christ, and to minister to all people?
What is your gift?
Maybe you don’t know but I bet you know what you’re passionate about & close by you’ll see your gifting. Perhaps God has given that to you not just for your happiness but for furthering the Kingdom of God. God does not do things by accident. You, dear one, were created with a special talent. You can serve and love others in whatever facet that looks like for you. And where you believe you are unqualified or unable? Isn’t that the best place to be?? Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:10,
“For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Just a couple verses before, he writes that Jesus had told him,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
What if in all of our talents, passions, or professions, we declared that we are unable? But instead we believed that in Christ, through Christ, and for Christ, we are given power. What if we start believing that God has given us passion & talent that can be used for ministering to others if we will let Him.
I’m really just a silly girl who likes to decorate her house & have people over for dinners. But when I submit to the power of the Holy Spirit, to Christ manifesting his power in my weakness, incredible things can happen. So I’m ready, Jesus.