It’s humbling to know we have the opportunity to model a daily picture of the gospel in motherhood.
Sometimes mom life is hard! Amid temper tantrums and spilled milk, struggles in school and bedroom warzones, it’s all we can do most days to feed kids, bathe kids, clothe kids, and put said kids to bed so we can get up the next morning and do it all over again!
But is our focus on the here and now blinding us of the bigger picture? Are we living our days in survival mode, all while failing to live eternally minded for the kingdom of God?
As a believer, every day is an opportunity to live in light of the gospel. Especially as our role as mothers! Every moment of motherhood, every conversation, every behavior issue is a chance for us to live the gospel out loud.
Truthfully, there are days I get frustrated with my children. Arguing with siblings, failing to obey the first time, doing just enough of their chores to get it done instead of doing their best.
How many times do I have to say the same thing until they get it already? How many times do I lovingly rebuke them before they have a true change? Not just an outward change in behavior, but an inner change of the heart!
I find myself repeating the same commands in an effort for them to finally learn the lesson they so desperately need to learn. Time and time again they disobey. Time and time again they choose to put themselves first – before their siblings, before their mother, essentially before their God.
We come back to the same heart issues over and over. Selfishness. Laziness. Even idolatry.
I can’t help but wonder if that is how God looks at me sometimes.
How many times must I learn the same heart lesson before it actually sticks? How many times do I doubt God before I truly trust in His faithfulness? I say I believe, I proclaim to the world that I believe. But do I really LIVE like I believe? Do I walk in the freedom of Christ or do I return to my sin, “as a dog returns to its vomit?” (Psalm 26:11)
Heart issues creep back in. I find myself acting out of selfish ambition instead of loving others the way Christ served the Church. I choose momentary pleasures over eternal intentionality. My sin is dealt with and laid at the foot of the cross, only to be picked back up again.
I will fail. Every. Single. Time.
But God, who is rich in mercy, chose to love me anyways (Ephesians 2:4). He chose to save me, to give me new life in Christ (Colossians 3:10). Even though I didn’t deserve it. Even though I could never earn it.
There is nothing I have done to deserve this grace. It was a free gift God chose to lavish on my life, “through no work of my own” (Ephesians 2:9).
He chose to clothe me in His righteousness and called me worthy because of His great love for me.
So, as I pull my children on my lap and lovingly remind them once again of the ways in which we are commanded to live, I think of my Father who draws me to Himself, lovingly chastising me when I choose my sinful selfish habits over His perfect ways.
As I correct behaviors and heart issues I see in my children, I humble myself in front of a God who forgives the sin in my own heart.
And as I guide my children to follow the precepts set before us in God’s Holy Word, I pray that the One who has the power to save them will ultimately lead them in His ways. I pray He uses me to introduce them to more than just a Book, but to “the Author and Perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), the only One who can convict us of our wretched sinful ways and draw us to His everlasting grace and peace.
May we all endeavor to see the call of the gospel as we mother our children. May we love when they act unlovable, and show mercy when they return to their sin. May we portray this love to our children as we love and guide and discipline and disciple.
Every day of motherhood is an opportunity to share His ways, to show His love, to tell His story.
A story of a sinful people who deserve the full wrath of God being shown His loving-kindness. A story of unending grace and mercy and love.