“You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, training them up in God’s fear, minding the house, and making your household a church for God as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.” – C.H. Spurgeon
The height of God’s call in motherhood cannot be overstated. A Christian woman bears God’s children, trains God’s children, loves God’s children, all the while serving God himself, and maintaining a godly household. Of all the high callings God gives to His people, this is among the highest.
Mother’s don’t have it easy. They are sacrificial, they are gentle, and their hearts toward their children are immeasurable. They sacrifice many things to raise up godly young men and women. They love their children fiercely, more fierce than a lioness loves her cubs. Mothers quite literally lay their lives down for their children, thus reflecting the God they serve.
Men and women have equal worth in the eyes of God. They have equal value. They do however, have separate roles in marriage, family life, and church. These roles do not lessen in value, they are just different. A man cannot do what a woman is designed to do. In the same way, a woman cannot do what a man is designed to do. We are equal, but designed by God incredibly different, for different roles.
A Christian woman flourishes beautifully in her role as a mother. I live in a community, and serve a church, that is filled with godly women. I am so privileged to witness them all serve God, their husbands, and their children. It is a beautiful sight, when a woman embraces her role, and serves the Lord by raising up servants of the Most High God.
I remember a time recently, when I was briefly overseeing a youth class at church. It didn’t take long before the kids began to run rampant on me, and I was losing control. I felt helpless, until one of the godly mothers in our church came in, and with a sharp voice told the kids to quiet down, sit down, and get prepared for the lesson. I thought to myself, “How was she able to sharply, yet somehow gently get these kids to obey, without anger, and in joy?” She caused them to joyfully, yet fearfully obey her, and I realized how necessary godly mothers are, not only in the home, but in the church.
Paul David Tripp said this about parenthood, “The parent is God’s tone of voice in the child’s life.” This is so very true. Children have an inclined nature that desires to disobey authority, and not heed the voice of any authority, especially God’s. Therefore the mother, and father are the authoritative voice, on behalf of God to help the children learn to submit to authority. In hopes that eventually they will submit to God’s authority. What a high, weighty, privilege this is.
God bless all the mothers this mothers day, and thank you for what you do.