Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Often times I hear encouragement sent to those who work outside their home. The encouragement or charge is to glorify God in their workplaces. They are called to serve through their job by ministering to others and to do their job to the best of their abilities as unto the Lord.
What about in our homes? Do we seek to glorify God in this as well? We are called to serve others, to daily pour ourselves out in the many tasks that demand the attention of the homemaker. The key to not wasting our homemaking it found in learning how to glorify God in this occupation.
Although not wasting this wonderful job includes taking meals to those who are sick and having people into your home to minister to; it doesn't or shouldn't begin there.
The daily tasks of laundry, cleaning toilets, cooking meals can glorify Christ. We must simply (even though it's not that simple) do this unto the Lord. We must realize that all that we do can and should glorify God.
We can glorify Christ through our homemaking by daily giving ourselves sacrificially. Homemakers are called to rid themselves of selfishness. Who is the one who has constant work that doesn’t consist of an 8-5 job? That’s right, homemakers. My job starts at 6:30 a.m. and doesn’t end until 10 p.m. Yes, I do find time to do other things like reading, crafts etc. but, a homemaker’s job is never truly done.
This demands a lot of time and energy and to do this, to continually give ourselves we are fighting against selfish ambitions and desires. This pleases the Lord, when we give ourselves to make a tidy and clean place, a safe haven for our families, when we cook meals that replenish our families bodies and when we disciple our children (formally and informally) to train them in the ways of the Lord in the hopes that the Holy Spirit would use these treasured truths to redeem them in the future. We are giving ourselves.
The fight to not waste our homemaking isn’t an easy one. It’s easy to just do the homemaking tasks with complaints or hoping to get through it to go do something we ‘really want to do’ but, why not enjoy these things and do them unto the Lord? Just as the wasted life is the one which didn’t seek Christ, who didn’t glorify Him in all areas of life, so is the life of a homemaker who wasted her homemaking.
Be encouraged in your homemaking, seek to not waste your homemaking; give your self whole-heartily to these wonderful tasks that God has called you to!
(this is only one aspect of glorifying God in your homemaking; giving your self)
I'm linking this here: Good Morning Girls, Homemaker's Challenge
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