Last month, I attended a ladies’ conference at church commemorating the 500th year of Reformation. During the event, we were given a glimpse of the lives of men and women who firmly stood up for God’s word and the Gospel in the midst of strong oppositions–some even to the point of extreme persecution and death. In our group, we learned about the Bohemian theologian John Huss and who was burned at the stake for his commitment to Biblical truths. His life provided great encouragement to me especially because we live in an age where the Gospel is compromised, altered, and tailored to suit people’s worldly desires. Giving our lives is definitely a heroic feat and something to be admired and emulated.
I don’t know about you but I dream of doing such great things for God–something really spectacular for the faith. Yet, God has called most of us to another path–the path of the ordinary, the mundane. We are given tasks which seems unimportant and have little value in the kingdom of God such as cleaning and keeping a home, folding laundry, cooking, changing diapers, setting tables, teaching and disciplining our children. I do not undermine the role of wives and mothers in the kingdom of God. I have known women whose faithfulness in their God-given roles as wives and mothers have blessed not just their family but the whole Christendom. But for most days, the life of mother would seem like a never-ending repetition of trivial tasks. Yes, some of God’s children were called to die for Him and yet we are called to live for Him and for the faith–in the ordinary and mundane.
In the midst of it all, I often ask and wonder–how can all these small, seemingly unimportant tasks further the kingdom of my God?
At these times, my thoughts would turn to God and His wisdom and how His thoughts are higher than mine (Isaiah 55:9)… What a great comfort it is to know that He has ordained all the days of my life (Psalm 139:16) and He has wisely planned out the path that I should take–all for His glory!
Called for His glory
As mothers, He has called us to do all–not for our glory–but for the glory of Him who has called us. I have to admit that one of the reasons why I would want to live an extraordinary life springs out from a heart that wanted to be recognized as a super-spiritual Christian. I need to be constantly reminded that I am God’s bond-servant and my deepest desire should not be to lift myself up for others to admire but to please my Master alone… And that means trusting in God’s sovereign wisdom and delighting in the calling of womanhood that He has lovingly and wisely called me to. The truth is who we accomplish the task for matters more than the task we accomplish.
All of life is worship
This also brings to mind I Cor 10:31:
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
It just amazes me just how God can be glorified in my eating and drinking or cleaning the house or doing the laundry or cooking or gardening or dish washing! But the Bible says that even these everyday things should be done for His glory. For me, this means having and cultivating a grateful and cheerful heart that recognizes God’s goodness of assigning these tasks to us while also providing the means to accomplish them.
This verse also shows that nothing is secular–all is sacred and all should be delightfully done for Him. Oh, how wrong was I to think that I only worship Him during my morning devotions and Sunday services! This whole life–every moment of it–is my worship! This life that we live, in this life of housekeeping and motherhood, is the one life where He wants us to glorify Him even if it may not seem as extraordinary or special as we want it to be.
Lastly, allow me to encourage you with I Corinthians 15:58:
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
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