Diligent, Godly Motherhood

Lately, God has been showing me the importance of my role as a mother. This might sound ridiculously obvious to some, but sometimes we get so bogged down in the “everyday” that we lose sight of what we’ve been gifted with. The other day, upon opening to the dedication page of the book I had just received, I was moved to read this: “To My Mother.” The book, Christianity and Liberalism, was written way back in 1923 by J. Gresham Machen, who was an outspoken conservative Christian theologian and professor of New Testament at Princeton Seminary. Later, in 1929, Machen founded Westminster Theological Seminary because Princeton Seminary had become too liberal.  This one man, who taught countless others during his time at the seminaries and through his writings, dedicated his most famous book to his mother, Mary, who taught him the Westminster Shorter Catechism (most likely among other things) when he was young and probably prayed daily for him.

On Sunday, the sermon being preached at church was based on Titus 2:3. As the pastor talked about the role of women in the church, God gave me spiritual insight to see how my prayers for my children and the things I teach them at home can have a huge impact not only on them but on the myriad of others whom they, in turn, might influence. One of my sons could be the next Charles Spurgeon or Jonathan Edwards. One of my daughters could be the mother of the next Martyn Lloyd-Jones or R. C. Sproul. Any of my children might at any time witness to the next Paul Washer or George Whitefield. Have you ever heard of Mary Winslow (Octavius), Susanna Wesley (John and Charles), or Monica (St. Augustine)? Perhaps you already know of Lois and Eunice (2 Tim. 1:5).

If you’ve ever thought that you didn’t have much influence in church matters because you are a woman, think again. With the rise of American “Christianity” and its apostasy, we need more outspoken men like J. Gresham Machen who will stand firm against the waves of liberalism and false doctrine that batter the church daily. And that means we need mothers who will teach their children the Bible, the catechisms, the doctrines of grace. We need moms who will stay awake at night or rise early in the morning or—like Susanna Wesley, who would pull her apron over her head when she wanted to pray—at any time throughout the day, pleading with God on behalf of their children.

What I do as a mother, day in and day out—no matter how mundane it might seem—can directly impact the kingdom of God. And that is a very special gift but also an immense responsibility. We need to be in prayer not just daily but constantly (Rom. 12:12). Studying the Word of God has to be a priority in our day. And training our children in godliness (whether in word or deed) should be paramount to any other instruction we might give them. Our charge is critical, sisters, so let’s spend our time wisely. Great blessings surely await the diligent, godly mom!

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