Homesteading the Heart
By John Sneed
Homesteading the land and a Christ centered walk share some important similarities. Both are a commitment to a way of life and are rooted in principles that guide decisions and actions. Homesteading is a lifestyle that involves living self-sufficiently and sustainably on a piece of land, often growing one's food, raising animals, and using natural resources responsibly. Similarly, Homesteading a heart of faith involves a commitment to live according to the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. As a believer, we cultivate God's Word in our hearts to see continued spiritual growth.
In both homesteading and the Christian walk, there should be a recognition of the importance of stewardship. Stewardship is the responsible management and care of resources entrusted to us, whether it be the land in homesteading, or our spiritual gifts and blessings in Christ.
Homesteading and Christianity also both emphasize the importance of community. Homesteaders often form close-knit communities, supporting one another through shared knowledge and resources. Similarly, Christians are called to live in community with one another, supporting one another in prayer, and caring for each other, especially in times of need.
Furthermore, both homesteading and walking in Christ prioritize simplicity and minimalism. Homesteaders often choose to live a simple lifestyle, focusing on the essentials and reducing their reliance on material possessions. This aligns with God's Word, where Jesus encourages those who follow him to prioritize spiritual wealth over material possessions. Homesteaders and believers both recognize that true fulfillment and sustenance do not come from amassing material possessions or achieving worldly success.
To be successful, Homesteaders, as well as believers, must learn the value and importance of hard work and perseverance. Homesteaders often work tirelessly to cultivate their land and provide for themselves and their families. Similarly, believers are called to work diligently, persevere in the Spirit, and trust God for guidance and provision.
So, as believers, we should recognize that our ultimate sustenance and fulfillment come from our relationship with God. That God is the provider and sustainer of our lives, and that we need to trust in Him to meet our needs. May we homestead our hearts by cultivating good stewardship, community, simplicity, hard work, and reliance on our Good Father's provision. May the spiritual gifts and blessings we have in Christ grow and become a sweet smelling fruit to our Lord!
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Are you homesteading your heart of faith today?
May God bless you!