Keepers of The Home
We have such a rich purpose in parenting and raising up our children. What a great distraction from the enemy to convince us otherwise. Dear mother, your greatest work, and disciples I dare say, are your children. Consider these words Jesus spoke in regards to His disciples in John 17:15-17 (KJV):
“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Jesus says that His disciples are not of the world just as He is not of the world. That my dear sisters is our great commission as parents—to keep ourselves from the world while teaching our children to do the same. He also prays for God to sanctify them through His truth which is God’s Word. To sanctify simply means to mature. As we mature in Christ, we are to be leading our children in doing the same.
A few years ago I felt a strong urge from the Lord to pull back from all of my get together with others ladies, because He was about to bring me into a new season with my children. I needed my entire focus to be on them, more than anyone else. It is now that I look back with gratitude for the Lords guiding me in this way. My children and I now share such precious fellowship that I am certain we would never have known otherwise.
It through this precious relationship and our regular day to day dialogue, that I have been able to win their hearts to Christ and His ways. Together we cover many important topics, and it is done effortlessly just as the scriptures teach us in Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (KJV),
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
With a little deliberation in growing myself closer to the Lord, and freeing up my time so that I can transfer these truths to our children, it really is without much more effort beyond that that we accomplish this great task of discipleship. All while having this great hope as my driving force, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 John 1:4, KJV)
Dear mother, there is no greater purpose in your life right now than to nurture the souls of your children. Surely everything else in this life will fade away, while the souls of our children are bound for eternity. May you see anew your great purpose before the Lord, and may He inspire your heart to seek after the soul of your children to nourish them.