“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me,
for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.”
I Timothy 1:12
Paul was speaking here about his ministry as an apostle of Jesus Christ, but I believe we can apply it to us as mothers as well. As a mother my “ministry” is my children. What an awesome responsibility God has given to me by giving me my children to raise for Him.
- Enabled me
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that you may be able to bear it.” I Corinthians 10:13
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6
- Counted me faithful
- Put me in the ministry“Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127:3
Being a mom is an honor and a privilege that we shouldn’t take lightly.
Now that I have children, what do I do, what is my (our) main responsibility?
Proverbs 22:6 We are commanded to train them, teach them.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
What are we to teach them, you may ask?
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 – We are commanded to teach them to love God.
Matthew 22:37-38 – Jesus Christ said it is the first commandment.
The first commandment is to love God. You can’t teach your children to love God if you don’t love Him. When I first read these verses I wondered can my children look at me and say, “My mom loves God”. Oh, how I hope so, but some days my actions don't represent my heart. Our children should be able to see our love for God played out daily in our lives. We need to look for every opportunity to share God’s love with them.
When I see a rainbow, I remind them of God's promises. When the birds are singing, I tell them even the birds are singing praises to God. When it rains, I remind them of God's provisions. When we are getting groceries, I remind them that God provided the money to be able to buy them. I want to encourage you today to do the same. Find every opportunity and share God's love with them. They deserve it.
I firmly believe that if we love God that everything else will fall into place. Because we love God we will want to serve Him and please Him. The same can be applied to our children.
Being a mom is a full time job, and it’s not always rewarding, it’s not always glamorous, it’s not always fun, it’s not always easy, but we must remember I Corinthians 15:58 – your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
What a blessing – Proverbs 31:28
Today I want to encourage you to be thankful that God has called you into your ministry, the ministry of having children and raising them for His glory. Honor God by teaching them to love Him.
Written by Jen Bauer, missionary mum in the Northern Territory of Australia. She also blogs at Be Thou Exalted and Baptist Missionary Women.