Home-Variety Religion

When Daniel had learned of the diabolical, spur-of-the-moment decision handed down from Nebuchadnezzar that all the wise men of Babylon should be slain because of their inability to know and interpret his dream, the Bible says, Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.  Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon (Daniel 2:16-18).

When the going got tough and his life lay on the line and a prayer to God had to get through, Daniel went to his house.  We learn that this Daniel was a mighty man of God, and he knew how to get ahold of the Lord.  In chapter number six when Daniel’s prayer life came under attack by the decree of Darius, again the Bible says, Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

It must surely be of note to you that his religion was best at home.  He lived what he preached; he was an authentic Christian. John W. Phillips said, “He did not go to some lonely hermitage in the wilderness or seek out some shrine where he could fast and pray.”  He went home, and gathered some like-minded friends around him and urged them to desire mercies of the god of Heaven concerning this secret.

We can live off of a “church-house” religion, that serves us “well”, we suppose, on Sundays and an occasional fill-up on Wednesdays, but the kind of religion Christ Jesus wants us to have is that which is best experienced at home.

Mark recounts this story from chapter five and verses eighteen and verse twenty that sums up this blog well:

And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.  Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.   And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
Maybe some of us today need to decide that the religion “sufficient” for Sundays is the religion that is used best in the home.  Go home to thy friends. As for me, my children need to know the Lord; my wife needs encouragement in the Word.  I shall forever go home and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for us.   He is a wonderful Savior!  Let’s take Him home with us every day of our lives!

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