Loving Legacy: The Vocation of Motherhood

Loving Legacy

What does a mother do? Well, how much time do you have?!! The vocation of motherhood involves an exceptionally broad scope. It ranges from making and following up on children’s chore lists to changing diapers to helping with homework, to washing a baseball uniform after a late night tournament game and everything in between. But most importantly, our calling as mothers is to teach our children about and nurture their faith in Jesus as their Savior. There’s no higher calling – NONE!

Any vocation involves God working through people to minister to the particular neighbors of that vocation, in this case, her children. It’s how God works – allowing us to live out our faith to our neighbors as He works through us. Martin Luther explains it this way:

The services that a mother performs for her children are for the most part small and coarse and hardly noble. However, Christian faith “open its eyes, looks upon all these insignificant, distasteful, and despised duties in the Spirit, and is aware that they are all adorned with divine approval as with the costliest gold and jewels.” For they are the means whereby God “graciously cares for us just like a kind and loving mother.” Faith recognizes that what seems to natural man to be nothing but trouble and a burdensome limitation is instead a unique calling to serve God’s gracious will and to express our faith and love. If we recognize that, we “will find delight, love, and joy without end” in the midst of the “bitterness, drudgery and anguish.” (1)

As your faith family, we’re here to help you live out your vocation as mother. Here are some suggestions. Take advantage of the Faith Legacy classes that are offered to guide you in nurturing your child’s faith. Make family worship a weekly habit, to be built up in faith together with your fellow Christians. And just as importantly, allow God to give you His direct guidance and instruction as you meet with Him each day in His Word and through prayer. It can give a fresh perspective for cleaning up one more glass of spilled milk!

Joy in Jesus!

Jeannie Newton

(1) Want to know more? Check out Family Vocation: God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood by Gene Edward Veith Jr. & Mary J. Moerbe (2012)!

Loving Legacy: The Vocation of Motherhood

Table Talk: 6th Sunday in Easter


Digging Deeper: JOHN 5:1-9

At an initial reading of the text it might appear a curious and odd question Jesus asks the lame man. He doesn’t ask “What would you like me to do for you?” Where the man could have said, “Put me in the pool so I might get well.” He asks “Do you want to get well?” It would seem to be a question with an obvious answer. However, upon reflection: Is the answer obvious? With healing comes ability and with ability comes responsibility. Often people, perhaps at times even you and I, find it easier to be sick, to be injured, to be ignorant than it is to be well or knowledgeable.  We may at times even fake illness or ignorance in order to avoid responsibility. “I can’t, because I am sick or because I don’t know how….” How many times have we failed to give witness with the excuse “I wouldn’t know what to say” (see Acts 1:8; 1 Pe 3:15; 1 Jn 1:1-4). In Luke 12:48 Jesus tells us the one to whom much has been given, much is expected and in Mt 10:8 Jesus says “Freely you have received, freely give.”

It seems to me that the questions for us are:

  • Do we want to be healed knowing that response-ability comes with healing?
  • When Isaiah was cleansed in Isaiah 6 he responded with “Here am I Lord, send me” (Is 6:8). As we have been healed, cleansed, and empowered will we join Isaiah in his response (Mt 10:8; 2 Tim 1:6-7)?
  • Being empowered by Christ’s indwelling through the Holy Spirit will we strive to live a life worthy of our calling (Eph 4:1)?

These are a few of my thoughts. I’m interested in hearing from you. Do you share any these thoughts? Do you have some different thoughts? If so, please share them. Do any of these thoughts raise any questions for you? Let’s see if we can get a blog dialogue – a family “Table Talk” going.

Serving through Christ and His Love,
Bill Cullen

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Table Talk: 6th Sunday in Easter