Saturday, August 18, 2012

Embracing the glory of MOTHERHOOD

In our culture, motherhood is looked on with much disdain, and for many it is seen more as a 'necessary evil', something that must be done, but which is ultimately by itself unfulfilling and purposeless. Hence the push for mothers to acquire 'honor', to acquire 'value', and to acquire 'purpose' through education, through income, or through any 'noticable' accomplishment especially that which soars over others.
In addition to the attacks from without, there are the attacks from within, not only believing those lies but creating your own. As you witness the monotony of the daily 'grind', as you hear the praises given to others for what they have 'accomplished', as you push yourself to deal with yet another crisis within an hour's time, as you wait day after day to see just a small amount of progress, and as you attempt to encourage yourself until that time comes where you receive encouragement from others (even those closest to you), in all of that and more, your strength is being withered and you simply want to 'throw in the towel', you're simply tired of fighting, tired of caring, and tired of being 'taken for granted'!

The TRUTH however is that your work, your position, your privilege, your purpose is GLORIOUS!! Mothers, don't you realize that you are a living testimony of ENDURANCE, that you have the unique ability to model 'do all things unto the Lord'. The fact that your duty, your labor is hidden from the eyes of man, brings flesh and blood to the text, '“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 6:1). Mothers, your example is a living sermon on how to live for the glory of God, how to live, LIFE unto the Lord in ALL THINGS, rather then your children chasing moment after moment, pleasure after pleasure, idol after idol, they are given the blessing of seeing the importance of each day, of honoring God in the little things. Mothers it is you which gives the best example of serving, of giving to those who can not give back, yes your glorious routine is a model of the life of Christ, in every bit of cooking, cleaning, wiping, clothing, washing, bathing, teaching, spanking, and nurturing, you give a picture of Christ to your children!

Even your FAILURES, your INADEQUACIES, and your STRUGGLES bring glory to God! For in true weakness, in true hopelessness you will turn to God, you will surrender to Him, you will beg Him for the strength to 'make it' through another day, and IN THAT you point your children to Christ, you point to the righteousness of Christ, you point to the patience, and goodness, and power, and wisdom, and grace of God, your God! It is that example, that pattern of turning to God that will engrave upon the hearts and minds of your children that all the honor, all the praise and all the glory belongs to the Lord. Romans 11:36 "For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen."
EMBRACE then dear mothers, the glory of motherhood, knowing that God is well pleased with your labors. Embrace the reality that you are storing up truths in the hearts of your children that take years to process, and often longer to see come to fruition. Mothers embrace the truth that your labor is not in vain, and that your labor unto the Lord is precious and purposeful! Mothers be assured that the Lord is swift to help you, to fill you, to use you if you will but cast those cares upon Him, if you will but look to Him for renewed strength, if you will but ask Him to refocus your eyes on Him!
Galatians 6:9 "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Don't embrace the lies of the culture, don't give up on the glorious role of motherhood, rather give up on self, give up on hope in the praises of men, give up on looking within for strength!

1 comments:

Tony B

Great article brother. It indeed is a wonderful thing, a beautiful testimony to endurance in the Lord for Christ.

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