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!
(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)!