Friday, March 26, 2021

How to Glorify God in Motherhood


So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Don’t give offense to Jews or Gentiles or the church of God. I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.

1 Corinthians 10:31-33 NLT

Sometimes in the daily grind of mothering, it’s difficult to see how the mundane tasks can glorify God.  

If you’re a mom, I’m sure you’ve felt exasperated at times by the seemingly endless stream of diapers.  The truth is, we moms can bring glory to God even in the task of diapering, because it has to be done to care for our children. Whatever we do can be for God's glory.

On a trying day of cleaning up mess after mess, I remind myself that God knows each mess and cares that I clean up each one, even if no one else notices.  

So I try not to complain about them, since I know God cares, and I try to see my mom-tasks as a unique way to serve my family. I think this attitude glorifies him more than the actual task.

I know that so many of us moms shelve our own preferences or needs for the sake of our children. We do what is best for our children, often putting ourselves second.

How many of us desperately needed rest, but when our newborn baby cried out at 3:00 a.m. we didn’t think twice about dragging ourselves out of bed?  

Or perhaps you planned a date night with your husband and arranged for a babysitter, but that afternoon your preschooler started suffering from a stomach bug? It’s just a way of life for moms—putting our children’s needs ahead of our own.

Have you thought about applying that kind of unselfishness to other relationships? Here Paul says he does “what is best for them so they may be saved.” 

Have you ever considered that by listening to a troubled friend speak, even when you’re dying to expend some of your daily words, you can use the opportunity to show Christ to them?  

Or have you considered that your 15 minutes of active interest in being intimate with your husband, even after an exhausting day, can minister to his spirit in a way that nothing else can?  

Perhaps none of us realize how our smallest acts of service will someday add up to pointing another person to Christ. We must continue to be faithful in glorifying God in all we do, because we have no idea how God will use our actions to draw others closer to God.

We moms have so much God-given power to influence others and unique opportunities to witness through our actions. Will you thank God for your high calling today, and ask him how you can glorify him and serve him in a new way?

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