2 Corinthians 6:1-10
We are workers together with God, so we beg you: Do not let the grace that you received from God be for nothing. God says,
“At the right time I heard your prayers.
On the day of salvation I helped you.” — Isaiah 49:8
I tell you that the “right time” is now, and the “day of salvation” is now. We do not want anyone to find fault with our work, so nothing we do will be a problem for anyone. But in every way we show we are servants of God: in accepting many hard things, in troubles, in difficulties, and in great problems. We are beaten and thrown into prison. We meet those who become upset with us and start riots. We work hard, and sometimes we get no sleep or food. We show we are servants of God by our pure lives, our understanding, patience, and kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by true love, by speaking the truth, and by God’s power. We use our right living to defend ourselves against everything. Some people honor us, but others blame us. Some people say evil things about us, but others say good things. Some people say we are liars, but we speak the truth. We are not known, but we are well known. We seem to be dying, but we continue to live. We are punished, but we are not killed. We have much sadness, but we are always rejoicing. We are poor, but we are making many people rich in faith. We have nothing, but really we have everything.
I read this verse a few weeks ago and it resonated with me.
Anyways, I wanted to share the thoughts that came to me as I read it. Consider this a second look at this passage through a mom’s eyes…
God works together with us as we shape our kids: use the grace and blessings God has given you in your parenting! God tells us that He hears our prayers at just the right time and is always ready to offer us (and our kids) help and salvation. Accept the salvation God offers you right now! Don’t wait! Ask Him for help because He is the only one who knows the answers!
Try to parent in a way that no one will find fault. As a mom, you are a servant of God and you should show it by accepting all the hard parts of parenting with a smile – the struggles both big and small. All the way from dealing with a colicky baby to handling a 3 year old tantrum, to dealing with a teenager that has turned her back on God. Sometimes we get kicked in the middle of the night by a toddler who has climbed into bed with us. Sometimes our home can feel like a prison when we’re just sick and tired of the monotonous laundry, dishes, and mud tracked in on shoes. Sometimes our kids get upset with us and start trouble with us or with their siblings on purpose. We work hard all day trying our best; sometimes we don’t get any sleep because of a sick child and sometimes we’re too busy to eat.
However, we can show we are servants of God by the way we respond to all this. We can glorify God by how we treat those around us in spite of how hard it is. By not giving into temptation to sin, by being merciful and understanding to our little ones, by being patient and kind – even when they are not! We do this only by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. By allowing the fruit of the Spirit – love – to drive our every action and word. By always speaking what’s true and not exaggerating or lying to get our way. By taking hold of God’s power that He has freely given us (reminds me of Eph. 1:19-20). Our kids may blame us for things. But if we’ve done what God has asked us to do and in the way God asks us to do it, we don’t have to worry or defend ourselves. Focus on following God and making your kids rich in faith. Material things don’t matter – to us or our kids – but spiritual richness is the best gift you can give your kids.
Oh, how this convicts me! I have such a long way to go to learn how to parent the way God calls me to! But I also am encouraged and I hope you are, too, to continue to rely on God to be the mom that God wants me to be. I know it’s possible because God promises us that He has given us all we need through the power of His holy spirit (2 Peter 1:3).
Have a wonderful day!