Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Glorious Servanthood of Motherhood!

"Whoever wants to become great among you must serve the rest of you like a servant. Whoever wants to become first among you must serve the rest of you like a slave. In the same way, the Son of Man did not come to be served. He came to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many people."

When Jesus and his followers were leaving Jericho, a great many people followed him. Two blind men sitting by the road heard that Jesus was going by, so they shouted, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" The people warned the blind men to be quiet, but they shouted even more, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" Jesus stopped and said to the blind men, "What do you want me to do for you?" They answered, "Lord, we want to see." Jesus felt sorry for the blind men and touched their eyes, and at once they could see. Then they followed Jesus. (Matthew 20:26-34, NCV)

If you're anything like me, you often feel inadequate as a Christian mother. You rise to the occasion every day, but you sure don't think your children's behavior reflects it. You feel like your life demonstrates anything but Jesus' self-sacrificial servant leadership. Nevertheless, that's what you're doing in the mundane things you lovingly engage in each day.

Read today's scripture passage again. What makes you great in Jesus' kingdom? Which comes first in the household, your desires or your kids' needs? How many sacrifices have you made on their behalf? Like Jesus stopping in his tracks to heal the blind men, how often do you drop everything to attend to the concerns of your children? Done in a humble God-honoring way, motherhood can be one of the greatest, yet simplest ways to glorify the Savior.

In her book GOD'S WHISPER IN A MOTHER'S CHAOS: Bringing Peace Home*, Keri Wyatt Kent sums it up so perfectly. She writes, "We tend to think that only deep quiet contemplation or perhaps serving on a mission trip or volunteering in the church office 'counts' in God's eyes. Nothing could be further from the truth, and nothing could be more defeating to a mother who finds that taking care of her children feels like almost all she can do... And God is not deducting points on some giant tally sheet in heaven because you missed your 'quiet time'. He's watching the way you trim the crust off the peanut butter and jelly sandwich and cut it in triangles because that's how your toddler likes it, and he's saying 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'"

What an encouragement to once again know that the Lord's ways are not the world's ways! Life becomes increasingly manageable when we stop making life more complicated than it has to be. Washing feet, or in many of our cases wiping behinds, is partaking in the very unglamorous servanthood of Jesus. And a little done with great Christ-like love is pretty huge in God's economy.

PRAY: God thank You for the encouragement that my service to my children is service to You. 

~ Barb Dittrich

(*Keri Wyatt Kent's book is available on Amazon Smile at  https://smile.amazon.com/Gods-Whisper-Mothers-Chaos-Bringing/dp/0830822704/. Please be sure to designate Snappin' Ministries as your charity of choice!)

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