Before we talk about the importance of seeking out what ministries God wants you to be doing for him…before we talk about all the different ministry opportunities there are for women…let’s talk about our families!
OUR FAMILIES ARE OUR NUMBER ONE MINISTRY.
If you are married…your husband and his needs are number one. God created you to be your husband’s help meet. HE IS YOUR TOP MINISTRY. It is the most blessed ministry you will ever be a part of. It may also be the most challenging. Helping to make your husband strong, confident and successful…encouraging him to be the leader of your home…working beside him in what God has called him to do. This is your most important work as a Christian woman/wife.
If you have children, your mission is to take care of them, train them, love them, and help them to grow in the way of Jesus. They need you more than any other child or adult or charity or organization outside your home needs you.
Because your family is your number one mission, you really are “doing your ministry” everytime you do a load of laundry, wipe a nose, cook a meal, wash the dishes, clean up a mess or shop for food. Everytime you smile at your husband or read a book to your kids…you are ministering to them.
I say all of this to reassure you of two different but specific things:
1. If you feel like all you do all day is run from one chore to the next or from one dirty diaper to the other…and because of that you don’t feel like you are being productive for God…think again. The things you are doing for your family is your ministry to them and for God. (“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:31-40…)
2. If you are doing all sorts of good things for the community, for the church and for the needy families next door…but you keep telling your own kids “just a minute” and are so busy running from one “outside need” to another that you don’t have any smiles left to give to your husband at the end of the day…you need to re-evaluate your ministry priorities.
Above all…focus on your family’s needs first…their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Pray for God to reveal His great purposes to you as a wife and mother. And then listen. You will be amazed by how God will bring to light the ways He wants you to be serving (and what you should say “no” to). He will show you want is important.
Next in this series, we’ll talk about ways you can minister to others simply by doing the things you already do everyday. I have a GREAT grocery store story to share with you!