Someone You Raise

“Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.”—Andy Stanley

When we think about missions, we often define it as traveling to a foreign country to tell people about Jesus. We equate “missions” with “going” and the idea of being sent to another place.

As moms, we can be tempted to look with envy at the young or single woman who serves on the missions field in a foreign country, thinking her work for the kingdom of God is more noteworthy or impactful than our service in the home. We glamorize the missionary’s life as more important to the spread of the gospel than our daily work in the doldrums of diapers and dirty laundry.

However, the Bible teaches that our greatest missions field is our home. In Deuteronomy, when the people of Israel were given the greatest commandment to love the Lord God with all their heart, soul, and might, they were also told to take the words and, “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deut. 6:7 NIV).

In other words, we are supposed to teach our children to love the Lord with all their hearts and with all their souls and with all their might. As a mom, my greatest missional work is to shepherd the hearts of my children to know God and to love Him the most, to love others a whole bunch, and to take care of this world with joy.

So, though I may not be evangelizing the lost in villages in Africa or starting house churches in China, I am evangelizing the lost each and every day as I point my children to Jesus. Andy Stanley’s words are a reminder to me of the impact this daily task will have on eternity. I may not be the next Lottie Moon or Amy Carmichael, but I could be the next Lottie Moon’s mom, for which I rejoice. May it be so.

What about you? Do you see the home as your missions field? Are you striving to reveal Jesus to your children? How are you doing that?

 

 

Rachel Forrest is a 30-something working mom of two. When she’s not chasing her toddlers, you can find her nose stuck in a book. She also writes about the “coffee stains and growing pains” of motherhood at www.rachelforrest.me.

  

 

 

 

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