3. Motherhood Is a Calling
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)
I saw a quote on Instagram the other day that said something along the lines of “success is defined by what you do for yourself. Significance is defined by what you do for others.” As moms, we are continually pouring our entire lives out to our kids. Sometimes that can look really mundane, like making sure they have clean underwear, lunch packed, and their favorite blanket at night to sleep with. No matter how ordinary motherhood feels, it is always significant because of the work of Christ on the cross.
Motherhood is a calling. God has entrusted us with the kids we have at this point in history to share the Good News of Christ with them and disciple them. When we think of the great commission, we think of missionaries traveling to faraway nations and we forget about those called to stay and share the gospel truth to those right in their living rooms and kitchens. Both are necessary, and both are called.
At very early ages, I’ve had the privileged of sharing Jesus with my kids and praying the prayer of salvation with both of my children. The seeds of the gospel that were planted in their lives didn’t always happen at church or Christian camp, but at the dinner table, in the car, or tucking them into bed at night. If there is any final piece of truth I want you to remember this Easter, it is that this calling is significant, and God will be with you through it all.
As moms, our children will follow our examples as we follow the example of Jesus. Sometimes that will look like laying our lives down just as He did, but it will also look like finding the victory to live out the lives God has called us to. The victory that Jesus accomplished for us on the cross is still available to moms today. May this Easter season be a great reminder to you that Jesus has finished the work we can’t, we don’t have to be perfect, and this calling of motherhood is more significant than we will ever know.
Christina Patterson is a wife and stay-at-home mom with a passion to encourage women in the love of Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s Word. When she is not folding laundry or playing blocks you will find her with her head deep in her Bible or a commentary. She holds her masters in Theology from Liberty University and is the founder of Beloved Women, a non-profit providing resources and community for women to truly know who they are in Christ: His Beloved. She blogs at belovedwomen.org.
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