Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The Vocation of Parenthood
Parents out there - We have a very special mission!!!
Our first mission: To pastor and shepherd our family - YOU ARE THE GOOD SHEPHERD to your wife- your husband- your children. We lay down our life for our sheep every day. We work, we clean, we get up at 3am to our screaming children, we comfort them through the storms of their life, we attempt to be patient with them and provide love and mercy when sometimes, they really don't deserve it. The Lord knows and sees your efforts, your sacrifice your struggles and gives you areas to grow in each day. Recognize those areas you are in need of growth, and ask the Lord for support. "Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23-24
Our second mission: To take Jesus into the every day world - to be in the world, but not of the world. Woah - that's big! We often get so caught up in being in the world we forget our challenge to stay separate. Lets be honest for a second, its much easier to just do our job, go home and be mom/dad and enjoy our time with friends and family than to confront and challenge those around us to be more Christ like. You have a much greater mission - do you accept? You're in mission territory every day - we don't have to go to foreign countries to bring Christ to others.
For the married folks out there - know that your vocation is incredibly important! When you pull into your driveway, think to yourself - you're stepping into holy ground - your home where Jesus' hands and feet are in action through you in your own domestic church. How are you taking Him into your home, how are you praying, how are you pastoring your family? Likewise, when you pull up to your place of employment - You are stepping into mission territory, where the Lord may be absent and unwanted. How can you reveal Christ to others in your work, your communication and example? Never lose site of our call to be prepared - to be ready for that next challenge and opportunity to be Christ for others - and never forget our need to come back to Him to be refreshed and renewed as we can only be Christ for others when Christ is in us.