Encouragement For Mothers

“An encouragement to mothers… Twice already today, I have listened to women who feel that being a mother and wife is not accomplishing much for God. Our culture has subtly programmed women to believe that their high calling as a mother doesn’t compare to the contributions of women out in the work world who are earning a living in order to provide their families with material things. Let me just encourage you mothers who are feeling that your role is not significant. Remember that Jesus said that those who receive a little one in his name, receive him. When he told his disciples to seek first the kingdom in order that all their material needs be met, at a later time compared the kingdom to ministering to children when he said, ‘of such is the kingdom’. When widows were to be considered by churches for receiving financial help, the criteria was that the widow had been known for nurturing children and ministering to the saints, not for having had a lucrative career, or some other socially recognizable achievement. This is not to disparage women who have ministered through a career, but it is to encourage those whom God has blessed with children to see their short time with them as a stewardship and eternally significant calling. It is not an insignificant thing to see the children with which God has blessed us as the highest treasure that we have been given. Jesus said to store up treasure in heaven, not earthly things that fade away. Children are eternal souls and any investment we make into nurturing and teaching them of their highest calling in life, which is to know, love, and serve God, is storing up treasure in heaven. Titus 2 tells older women to encourage the younger women to love their husbands and children. If this priority weren’t at the heart of God for women, he would’ve encouraged women in all the other things that the world encourages. Mother, don’t let the world lie to you about what’s important! Keep on investing in those lives that will all too soon leave the nest. You are doing the most important job in the world!”

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