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)!

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Loving Legacy: The Vocation of Motherhood

Loving Legacy: What is Vocation All About?

Loving Legacy

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. – I Corinthians 7:17

I recently read a book that helped to illuminate many of the fine points of the idea of vocation, as well as some fairly major ones! The concept is nothing new. God gives it to us in Scripture, especially clearly in I Corinthians 7:17. Martin Luther expounded on it in great detail nearly 500 years ago. In today’s society, we mostly associate the term “vocation” with one’s job or career, but God presents us with something much broader and much more helpful in living out our life of faith (Veith & Moerbe, 2012).

Understood in its fuller meaning, and from its root in the Latin, vocatio, it is really a calling. Veith and Moerbe sum up the meaning of vocation nicely:

“Its Christian meaning is that God calls us to the different roles that he asks us to play and in which he is active….It is in our various vocations that we live out our faith in love and service to the various neighbors that God brings into our lives. Not only that, God works in and through all of these vocations and the unique individuals he calls to fill them, including us” (2012, p. 210).

Here the authors lay out all of the elements of vocation.

  1. God calls us.
  2. We have different roles.
  3. God is active in them.
  4. Through vocation we live out our faith.
  5. Vocation is to specific neighbors.
  6. God brings those particular neighbors to us.

Could God choose to do His work without us? Absolutely! But His preferred method to provide for His children is through other human beings. Each day we are blessed by the results of many people living out their vocation: Family members having lived out their vocation as parent, sibling, extended family; friends; others in more tangible vocations as farmers, butchers, automaker, architect, computer programmer, etc. You get the idea.

Luther considered the family vocations (husband, wife, father, mother, child, sibling) as most important. And of course they are! This is where faith is modeled and developed. There is nothing more important to our Lord than our salvation!

In the months to come, we’ll take a look at the individual family vocations, and share resources that encourage and equip us in the various roles to which God has called us!

Joy in Jesus!

Jeannie Newton


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: What is Vocation All About?