"I want to know more how you grew spiritually while homemaking."
This was a question I was asked by someone recently... and to be honest I didn't know how to respond at first. I never necessarily thought that we grew spiritually while homemaking, I just knew it was my calling as a wife and mother. But, the more I pondered this question, the more I became convicted... For what did the Son of Man do while on this earth?
He ever so gently taught the people (Matthew 4:23a) and he told interesting stories to the people (Luke 18:1). He fed the poor, hungry people (Matthew 14:18) and he broke bread with them (Matthew 14:18). He comforted the hurting people (John 16:33) and he healed the ailing ones (Matthew 4:23b). He shared about the future kingdom of heaven (John 18:36) and he taught by His holy example (Matthew 7:12). Ultimately, He gave His precious life for the people (1 John 3:16).
What a beautiful ministry!
How does one respond to this kind of sacrificial love?
What then is our responsibility as believers in Him who has done this?
And then the thoughts did come!
For what does a Titus-2 homemaker do while on this earth?
(And I do consider a Titus-2 homemaker a different sort as she is not just running a home, she is building a Christian kingdom on earth.)
She also teaches the people (our children and younger women in the church). She also tells stories to the people (our children never tire of our tales). She also feeds the people (need I say more? sometimes it is all we do!). She also breaks bread with the people (every time a meal begins in prayer and is shared in remembrance of Him). She also comforts the people (with every tear she wipes, with every embrace she gives, with every baked good she creates, with every smile she makes). She also heals the people (with every cut and scrape, with every bowl of chicken soup, with every injury she nurtures, with every flu she treats). She also shares about the future kingdom (for that is the forefront of our role as God-fearing mother!). She also tries to live by His example (it is a daily struggle but-oh-do-we-try!). And finally, as the role of a Titus-2 homemaker, she also symbolically gives her life for the people in her home every single day. She is not pursuing her own interests but the interest of others. She is a consenting servant of love to those in her care. She gives every ounce of her life to the people God has given her.
And now, the question remains...
do we grow more spiritually while homemaking?
We grow spiritually as we gently IMITATE His ministry in our humble little home!
"For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example,
so that you might follow in his steps.“
~ 1 Peter 2:21
It is a mini-ministry that may be on a micro-scale but eventually it affects the whole world. Its extends way beyond our walls. It reaches out to whoever we invite into our home and place around our table. And like His ministry on earth was located only in a small region, His message of love spread through the entire world... just as our message of His love will spread through the people that walk away from our tiny kingdom and further embellish the ends of the earth.
As we practice homemaking, we are forging the same "old" path (Jeremiah 6:16).
Every day we keep our home, we are walking in His ways.
This indeed is holy homemaking.
"Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."
~ 1 Peter 1:16
This post was a part of our... Romantic Homemaking Series: