Mama Mondays

Being a mama is such a blessing. It’s also pretty consuming- taking care of another human being is quite a task! God loves mamas, and he cares not only about the souls of your little nuggets, but your own soul as well. The Bible actually doesn’t say TONS specifically to my moms, but I thought that it would be really encouraging to my heart (and maybe yours?) to read through some of the Bible as though it’s being written to and taught specifically to mamas.

Holy Spirit, please stir in our hearts to love God and worship Jesus more, with everything, with our whole hearts. Please open the eyes of our hearts to your Word.

Romans 1:1-7

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God–the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Wow God- only You can pack that much power, beauty, promise and weightiness into 4 sentences!

Thought for today: We are servants of Christ (not our children)

Paul says in verse 1 that he is a servant of Christ Jesus, and I think the same is true of us. “Morgan, a servant of Christ Jesus.” Go ahead, try it! “___, a servant of Christ Jesus.” The word for servant here is “doulos”, or bondservant-“one who gives himself up to another’s will”; “devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests” (Strong’s G1401). “Yes!”, you might say, “I am the Lord’s servant!” But if you’re like me, at times this seems almost in conflict with our role a mamas- maybe you have dreams of reaching the world for Him, maybe you miss spending long periods of quiet time at His feet, maybe you feel much less sanctified now that you on this motherhood journey than when you began.

In Matthew 25 we catch Jesus in the middle of a long teaching session with his disciples. He gives them a glimpse into his second coming: “When the Son of man comes in glory” (verse 31) and describes that everyone will be accountable for the way they treat the hungry, thirsty, clothes-less, etc. He then goes on to say, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdomprepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” (verses 34-36).

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (38-40)

Do you see what the King said? He said that when we feed the least of these, we’re feeding him. When we clothe the least of these, we clothe him. When we comfort, love, invite, include the least of these, we serve him. I don’t think that these verses are just talking about children, or just talking to mamas- I think it’s important that we as Christians feed hungry people, welcome strangers, look after the sick… but elsewhere Jesus refers to children as “the least of these” and says that the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. When we serve our kids, we serve Jesus.

Why is this important? Well, for one, all the things that go unnoticed every day, are noticed by Him. The faithful instruction of your children, the laundry folding, the snuggles before naps, the diapers…He sees it all. And He is blessed by your sacrifice of worship, as you “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”

But way more important than the acknowledgement of your hard work, the realization that we’re serving Jesus and not just our children is amazing because: Jesus is wonderfully, perfectly, amazingly worthy of being served.

He is our big brother.

He is our high priest.

He is our King.

He is our Lord.

He is trustworthy.

He is God.

And He is not a removed Master, cruel when we make mistakes or don’t do enough and indifferent to our victories. Jesus loves you, dear mama. He is the best Master, and my prayer for you today is that as you go to serve Him (through serving your children), you will have the sweet sense of His nearness, goodness, and utter love for you.

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