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Inside: The amazing ministry of parenting you already have. Learn why motherhood is an amazing ministry. One you have the opportunity to serve in every single day. What would happen if you started to see your kids as your mission field?
Parenting: The Amazing Ministry You Already Have
If I were to ask you, “What is the greatest way you can serve God?” What would you say?
Would it be serving orphans in Russia or working in a soup kitchen?
Would you feel like you need to go overseas in order to have an effective ministry for The Kingdom?
Does ministry sound like something you have to leave your house to do?
My desire has always been to be a godly mom.
When I was sixteen-years-old, I had the awesome opportunity to live in Mexico as an exchange student.
Living cross-culturally was one of the neatest things I’ve ever done!
At the time, I planned to be a missionary (God decided I would be a pastor’s wife! 🙂 ) and the thoughts of ministering to the kids peddling hand-made goods in the streets was especially alluring to me.
They were, after all, practically orphans.
In my mind, this was real ministry.
Reaching people for Christ and showing His love to them was easy!
Because to me, it seemed like a bonafide mission. Ministering to kids in another country was the epitome of service.
Do you feel the same?
Would serving orphans in a far-off land be easier than serving the little ones God has placed in your home?
Have You Ever Contemplated Your Amazing Ministry?
I know sometimes it’s hard to see motherhood as a ministry.
In fact, the ministry of parenting is often overlooked.
Let’s face it, as moms, there are some days that all we do is clean up messes, end squabbles, act as the maid, and try desperately just to survive the day.
Oftentimes the days seem like anything but a ministry. In fact, sometimes life feels more like a mad-house.
A daily game of constant tests of patience.
The hours get long and it’s tempting to feel like I’m not accomplishing much that matters eternally.
Does God even see what I do?
If I’m honest, I like to think of ministry as a much more noble thing. Serving the poor in Africa. Going to a distant land to teach the gospel. Feeding the hungry war-torn victims of Syria. Ministering to an orphan.
And I’d do it happily.
But why is it so difficult for me to see my own children as God’s ministry right before my eyes?
Let’s Allow Jesus’ Example to Speak to Our Hearts
We know that Jesus had a very high view of children.
Remember when He said,
“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14 ESV
He was telling His disciples that kids are important. They’re worth paying attention to. He was saying that even kids have a place of belonging and we are not to overlook them.
Do we have Jesus’ same viewpoint when it comes to our kids?
I wonder, what would happen if we began to see motherhood as more of a ministry and less of a burden.
Would the interruptions seem more like blessings?
Would we begin to feel privileged to sit up with a sick child in the middle of the night.
Would mending a broken ankle or serving my sad child feel more like I am serving God?
If I begin to see my kids as a ministry and something I did (served) wholeheartedly as unto the Lord, (Colossians 3:23) what would change in my heart?
This book really changed my heat and perspective.
The Amazing Ministry of Parenting
My friend, right before you, in your very house, you have an opportunity to minister.
Consider the parable in Matthew 25:31-46. Look carefully and open your heart up to what God is saying.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’
Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Have you ever thought that as you serve your hungry child food, you’re being Christ’s hands and feet?
That sitting up all night with a sick child is ministering in the name of Jesus?
Have you considered that when you wipe your child’s tear-stained cheeks and kiss his wounds, you’re serving Christ?
It’s pretty awesome to realize that you have a ministry in your very own home. You don’t even have to step out of your house in order to serve!
When We See Our Kids as a Ministry, Our Hearts Begin to Change
If we begin to think of motherhood as a privilege; as our ministry, it changes everything.
I wonder if the next time we had to wipe a snotty nose (and I include myself in this because I need this reminder more than anyone) we remembered that we were wiping it in the name of Jesus, would it make a difference in our hearts?
We don’t have to go on a missions trip to another far-off land and serve an orphan a plate of food in order to minster.
God has given you and me the amazing privilege of ministering to our kids. Right in our very own homes!
If we begin to start seeing children as a blessing and a privilege directly from God, it can completely change the way we view parenting and motherhood.
Next time my child disobeys me or interrupts what I’m doing and I need to correct him, I can see it as an opportunity to advance the gospel. How amazing is that?!
What a privilege to have this little person right here before me all day long, who I can teach and direct toward The Kingdom of God!
Jesus gave His very life for me and Scripture says,
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 ESV
When I lay aside my wishes and desires, and lay down my life for my child, I am walking in the footsteps of my Lord.
Sacrificially serving my children is to be like Christ.
OUR HEARTS CAN CHANGE
When I began to see children as a ministry, my heart changed.
Interruptions became opportunities. Opportunities to serve.
Mistakes that my children made became moments to share the gospel.
Difficult times of parenting became moments to show God’s love.
Embrace the opportunity to teach.
To show love.
To extend grace.
To display the love of Christ.
My friend, let you heart change. See the amazing ministry God has put right before your eyes:
Do you sometimes feel like it would be easier to minister to someone else’s kids rather than your own? Is it difficult to see your kids as a ministry? Have you struggled with joyfully serving your kids with a Christ-like love? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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