>I, for one, try to keep these truths central in my mind and heart whenever I communicate…whether from the “pulpit,” in camps, small groups, or the more difficult one-on-one:
“We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
“The gospel flies with the wings of grace and truth. Not one, but both…Truth-oriented Christians love studying Scripture and theology. But sometimes they’re quick to judge and slow to forgive…Grace-oriented Christians love forgiveness and freedom. But sometimes they neglect Bible study and see moral standards as ‘legalism’.”
“Truth without grace breeds a self-righteous legalism that poisons the church and pushes the world away from Christ.”
“Grace without truth breeds moral indifference and keeps people from seeing their need for Christ” ”
– Randy Alcorn
Good stuff from Jani Ortland
Mother: You have a mission field
Our first and primary mission field is our children. God values our children. Jesus became indignant when the disciples didn’t embrace the worth of children in God’s expanding kingdom (Mark 10:13-16). God tells us that children are his blessing to us (Ps. 127:3). And he places great importance on our teaching our children to love and serve him (Deut. 6:7-9).
Don’t feel guilty over making your children your primary ministry investment in their early years. Your availability, sensitivity, affection, and unhurried attention are irreplaceable.
There are no neutral moments in a young child’s life. Someone is going to be influencing your children, inculcating values and imprinting standards on their impressionable young minds. Let it be you!
Accept your calling from God to serve your family. As a mother, you are helping to shape the souls of your children for Christ and ultimately influence the world. Your children are your gift to the future.
Stay on mission
Does this mean you will never invest in others outside your family? Goodness, no. But if you are a young mother, stay on mission. Use your primary ministry of mothering to serve Christ now. Don’t let anything diminish your unique role as a wife and mother. It is not godly guilt that would call you away from a wholehearted investment in your little ones for his sake.
“ Don’t feel guilty over making your children your primary ministry investment in their early years.
This season in your life is just that—a season. And each season is a divine calling from our creator and king. Organizing a new event at church is important. Teaching your little boy to be kind to his sister is also important. But which one can best be done by you during this season? Serve God well by ministering to your children first. Very soon they will be grown and gone, and you will be unable to recapture the teachable moments you have now.
Mothers, listen to Psalm 78:4-7: “We will . . . tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders he has done . . . that the next generation might know . . . so that they should set their hope in God.”