Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Mother's Call

“I am a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!' "
 Is there more to being a mother than just discipline and correction, tears and dirty diapers or noses to wipe? Do you ever feel like you aren't sure how exactly you are to be used in the life of your child?
As I was talking with a sister, last night something inside me was being stirred. We talked about motherhood and the discernment needed for the grand task of raising children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. I have long been of the conviction that it is the will of God that the children of believers, in Jesus Christ, should expect to witness godly offspring come from their marriage union. God tells us in Malachi 2:14,
You cry out, “Why doesn’t the Lord accept my worship?” I’ll tell you why!
Because the Lord witnessed the vows you and your wife made when you were young. But you have been unfaithful to her, though she remained your faithful partner, the wife of your marriage vows.
 Didn’t the Lord make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his.
And what does he want? Godly children from your union.
So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. “For I hate divorce!” says the Lord, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.”
So, back to the question, what is a mother's motivation or wind as she builds a home environment that is full of joy, forgiveness and loving kindness? After all that is what discipline, correction, tears, dirty diapers and dirty noses are all about, right?
Many times we might look at the world outside our doors and think we are missing out on proclaiming the truth to the lost and dying world but all the while unaware that we are blind to the task set before us in our very own home with the children God all mighty in his sovereignty and by his providence has entrusted us with.
We, mothers, are like and are to be like John the baptist. Read John 1:6-23.
God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might
believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a
witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone,
 was coming into the world.  He came into the very world he created,
but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. So the Word became human and made his home among us.
He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds,
 “This is the one I was talking about when I said,
‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”
  From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.
For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. 
 This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?”  He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”
 “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”“No,” he replied.
“Are you the Prophet we are expecting?”“No.”
  “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“I am a voice shouting in the wilderness,
    ‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”
We have been sent by God!
We are a witness to tell about the true light!
We are to point out the true light, the Messiah, that came into the very world He created.
We are to help our children recognize Him.
We are to help our children come to a saving belief and acceptance of Him.
We are to bring them to an understanding of a rebirth that comes from God. 
We are to help them understand that God became human and He is full of unfailing love and faithfulness.
We are to shout, this is the one I was talking about when I said...
We are to say, He is far greater than I, he existed long before me.
We are to tell them that from his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.
We are to say, God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.
We are to point out, Jesus reveals god to us.
We are to be the one's that SHOUT in the wilderness...
Clear the way for the Lord has come and is coming again!
Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand!
We have a great mission and our call was secured when we were given the title, mother. Go forth in the power of the Holy Spirit and proclaim the truth to the ends of the earth!

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