Where is your ministry?
This is Part 2 in a series by Mrs. Mosser. You can read the first part here.
The previous post on the silly reasons women send their children to school was about the child being a light. This one discusses their own 'light'.
Here is reason number 2: My ministry is to other women, and I can't do that if I'm homeschooling. Or, I have Bible Study Thursday mornings. How can I do that if I'm homeschooling?
First off, your first ministry is NOT to other women, but to your husband and children. Back to Titus 2:3-5!
The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
It says here to love your husbands and children. When you refuse to minister to your own children by sending them off, you are, according to this passage, blaspheming the Word of God. Is that what you want? That may not be your desire, but it's what you're doing. The bible says to obey is better than sacrifice.
When you pass off the spiritual care of your children to the wolves, you are not only sending them to hell, you are teaching the other women false doctrine. You are blaspheming God's word here too! They will also send their little lambs to the wolves because you are saying it's perfectly acceptable. You are saying, by your actions, that the Word of God is fallible, and that you don't have to obey it. You are saying that it's ok to disobey some passages of Scripture because, well, me!
Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Here it tells us that we are to be teaching our own children at home. We cannot teach them adequately the Word of God when they are away from home the majority of the day!
Another point you make to your children is that they are not worthy of your time and effort, but look at what it says in Mark 8:35-37:
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
What shall it profit you if you save all these other women while sending your own flesh and blood to hell?
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
1 Timothy 5:8
This may not be talking about your child's soul, but I think we can glean some good doctrine. If you are not providing the solid, godly teaching of the Word, without allowing outside voices and influences that steal the heart of your children, you are also worse than an infidel.
Your children, after your husband, are your main priority. Don't get them out of your hair so you can move on to the real ministry-they ARE your real ministry! Love those women by loving your children!
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Thank you. Righteously spoken. May God be glorified.ReplyDelete
Very good counsel. May I add that a woman can still minister to others outside her home by involving her own family in the ministry, teaching her children to think of others and sacrificing on their behalf. I wasn't so good at that, but I have a dear friend who was the best at doing that while homeschooling. I have often felt guilty for not serving more on the outside, but then remember that we don't all have the same calling. Mine has been to minister to my husband and children and that's what I'm best at. We are empty nesters now and my serving reaches further than my family at this point. Keep up the good work.ReplyDelete
Amen! Love reading this type of encouragement for Biblical womanhood. I'm so blessed that God opened my eyes to this very thing years ago. We pulled our special needs son out of school after his first grade year. I homeschooled him all the way through high school from that point on. I miss our learning days, but will always cherish the time we had together. I grew so much spiritually through that time too. I would do it all over again if I could.ReplyDelete