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October 23, 2009 / beidson

A Mother’s Home and a Devil’s Hell: How One Can Save You from the Other

Motherhood is warfare. It is about saving lives. It is about fighting for your children’s lives. And I don’t mean fighting for a better education, or fighting for a drug-free teenager. For Christ-loving mothers, motherhoood is about saving people from God’s wrath.
Most women are called to be mothers. This is how God has designed the world, and to avoid motherhood is to avoid one of the greatest opportunities to overcome the evil one and his evil schemes. Motherhood ought to be gladly embraced as a calling, not as a career, or even worse, something to do after you’ve finished you’re career.
Motherhood is a ministry that saves people from hell, or at least, it should be, and it can be for those mothers who are hoping in Christ. A mother’s home ought to be the one place, even if it is the only place, where her children and husband can see the gospel lived out before them. The home is the perfect place for the gospel because it is the perfect place for sin. The sinfulness of our flesh may manifest itself most in our homes, where there is the most potential for hating and fighting and dissension. Yet this is the perfect place for a mother to display the humility of Christ by humbling herself to do the dirty work of motherhood.
When a mother embraces her rebellious teenage son and forgives his recklessness time and again, for the sake of saving him from hell, the gospel is being lived out. When a weeping mother can barely stand to face her indifferent husband, but loves him in humility anyway, she is displaying the gospel of Jesus Christ. When a sorrowful mother confronts her teenage daughter about her dangerous behavior, knowing that she will face tremendous conflict, she is proving in a very real way that Jesus Christ is Lord and will give her grace in her time of need.
A mother’s heart and behavior have a direct affect on the direction of her children and husband’s lives. This is why Titus tells us that young women ought to “love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled” (2:4-5). Paul also instructs Timothy to tell the younger widows to “marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander” (1 Tim. 5:14). There is a connection between the mother’s home and the Word of God: by keeping a Christ-centered home, the mother keeps the Word of God from being rejected and despised. This is spiritual warfare; this is the gospel overcoming the evil world.
So the next time your toddler screams at you, or the next time your adolescent son hides himself away in his room, or the next time your teenage daughter struggles with relating to boys, remember: motherhood is about saving lives. Your home is the perfect place for the gospel. Pray to God that he will use you to bring your family to faith in Christ. Pray to God that they will love Christ and his gospel, so that on Judgment Day, they will stand before Christ and escape a Devil’s hell because of their mother’s home.
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