Home is a place where people go to be refreshed, encouraged, fed, strengthened, challenged and even corrected. Love is the operative word in all situations – from feelings of love and acceptance to necessary confrontations with the purpose of pushing one another to be more Christ-like.
“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Heb. 10:24-25).
Home is a refuge for the wounded to heal and the downtrodden to be encouraged. It a safe haven where joy is doubled and sorrow is halved. Home is to be enjoyed. If a safe haven does not exist for the body, it is with much difficulty that a launching pad can be accomplished. A launching pad is the foundation and starting point from which a person or a people embark upon the journey and the purpose to which God has called them. Simply, this journey is to make much of Jesus to our neighbors and the nations. These steps: from refuge to safe haven to launching pad bring all us to being the light of Christ in the world. We are individually His light-bearers and together as a church, we are a Lighthouse to our neighbors and the nations.
“Refuge”, “Safe Haven”, “Launching Pad” and “Lighthouse” is the atmosphere in which Crossroads exists as we run to the heart of Jesus together.