The Ministry of Motherhood
The Ministry of Motherhood - by Paul Holland
When you start the life of motherhood, you begin a life of tremendous responsibility and joy and, sometimes, heartache. Motherhood comes also with a lot of authority.
I have heard many moms, especially moms of young children, lament that their time is taken up with their children. They lament that they cannot do more for the church, that their children are frequently sick and they miss worship. One time, when the girls were little, I asked Rachel one Sunday what she thought of my sermon. She looked at me out of frustration and said, “You preached?”
Moms, while you are a mom, while you have children at home, under your care, your oversight, your influence, your ministry is motherhood. That’s your greatest role you can play in your service to God. Be a mom. Be the best mom you can be.
Let’s take a look at a famous mom in the New Testament - the mom of young Timothy…
Paul will commend Eunice, along with her mother, Timothy’s grandmother, in 2 Timothy 1:5 for them teaching Timothy the word of God. So here (Acts 16), on the second missionary journey, Paul begins to think that this young man, Timothy, would and should be an apprentice to become a Gospel preacher.
Notice the text says that Timothy “was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium” (vs 2). Paul wanted Timothy to go with him, to preach among the Jews the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Almost the entirety of what we know about Eunice is that she raised Timothy to become a Christian one day: The ministry of motherhood. If, the only thing you can say on your deathbed is that you stayed faithful to Christ and you raised 1, 2, 3 children (or more!) to follow Christ, that will be enough. Do not underestimate your significance as a godly mother!
So, what is involved in this “ministry of Motherhood”? Let’s mediate further on this point.
WATCH HOW YOU TALK:
Your children will get their first impressions about God and Jesus from you. From the way you talk. From what you talk about. If you are a warm, loving, strong-minded mother, your children will learn what God, the Father, is like with His love, affection, and good discipline.
One thing I have been amazed through mine and Rachel’s first 15 years of parenthood is that children have to be taught everything. They know almost nothing and most of that instruction comes while they are young, and frequently from mom. Moms, try not to get weary of answering questions.
Beyond the basics, children have to be taught manners. They have to be taught how to interact with other kids. Of course, a fundamental aspect of providing instruction is teaching your children about the Bible, about Jesus, and about prayer.
Another aspect of the ministry of motherhood is teaching your children to take responsibility. If you raise a child who can accept responsibility for himself or herself and then use what they have to serve others, then you will be a successful mom.
Eunice was a good mom to Timothy, despite the fact that Timothy’s dad was an unbeliever. She did that with the help of her own mom, Timothy’s grandmother. We do not know what Timothy’s dad taught him. Maybe he was very involved in Timothy’s life in teaching him how to make a living. And that’s good, as far as it goes.
But the legacy that lives on is the spiritual training that Eunice gave her son. That’s the kind of legacy that lives eternally in our children’s hearts and minds.
Moms, your greatest ministry is your motherhood. Use it wisely.