Women's Day Devotional | Day 5: Mothers Steward Holiness
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Women and Mothers
Mothers Steward Holiness, Day 5
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘you shall be holy, for I am holy.’” - (1 Peter 1:13-16)
Today’s devotion comes from Dr. Bobbi Ford. She’s been a mom for more than four decades and is in her second decade as a grandmother--all the while, learning to grow in godly faith. I figured it’d be best to end this week of honoring women and mothers with a profoundly good example. God bless you, and thanks to Dr. Ford!
I have reared three children and am now helping to rear eight grandchildren.
Motherhood (and grandmother-hood) is hard. I read on Facebook (so it must be true!) that we make around thirty-five thousand decisions each day. Whew! It makes me tired to think about all the questions our kids ask and how many answers we have to give! And, oh, yes, we have to be sure all of the answers align with the experts who have given specific advice about how to raise healthy and happy children.
And that’s what I wanted for my own children (despite their opinions to the contrary, perhaps) and now for my grandchildren. I have tried to make decisions that would point them to good relationships and a healthy lifestyle. I also wanted them, however, to lead lives of holiness--which in my mind is so much more important than the other “h” words. I know that I failed in so many ways as a mother, but my prayer was always for God to keep them safe and for them to pursue God and His grace in their lives.
So how in this crazy sin-infested world (and now with Covid-19), do we point our kids to holiness?
I think an important strategy is to be pursuing holiness myself. Have you ever seen those quizzes on Facebook that ask if you see the duck or the rabbit, or the old lady or the young lady, or if you see the shoe as green or the pink? It sounds like whatever you choose indicates something about your perspective. That makes me think of that quote I have read, attributed to the Talmud: “We don’t see things the way they are; we see things the way we are.” We often see things from our perspective and use our own lens for everything…including holiness. As I age, I am continuing to learn that my lens must always be God’s Word: he will tell me how to pursue holiness.
In I Peter 1:13-16, Peter reminds believers that we are to be holy: “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘you shall be holy, for I am holy.’"
So how can I be holy? I have some questions I need to ask myself and reflect upon my responses. Feel free to join me.
First of all, I must take sin seriously. What does God’s word say about my walk with him? Colossians 1:10 says, “so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing the in the knowledge of God.” Am I increasing in His word? What does the fruit of my actions look like? What do my behavior, biases, speech, activities, and pleasures say about my being conformed to this world…or not?! How do I try to blend in with this world?
Romans 12:2 indicates that I “should not be conformed to this world, but that I should be transformed by the renewing of my mind!” How am I being transformed and in what ways will that ultimately produce holiness? I also need to be sure that I am repenting of sin. Do I recognize that my short temper or road rage or your-fill-in-the-blank sometimes result in sinful words or actions? When this happens do I immediately repent and pray for His mercy and Instruction? Do I repent to others? I have heard Pastor Matt say that if we sin in front of our kids and spouses, we should repent in front of them. Do I say no to experiences in this world that do not lead me to pursue holiness because I am really seeking happiness instead? Am I modeling for others humility, modesty, honesty, integrity? And what about those fruits of the spirit found in Galatians 5: 22-23: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?”
So, back to leading those whom I love towards holiness: it must start with my seeking holiness as a mother and grandmother for myself, recognizing that this is hard work and I must give myself grace as I walk this path with the help that only our Lord can provide. Rearing children whether they are yours biologically, through adoption, or because they are in your life through other family members or friends...it’s not for the faint of heart, but it is an honor bestowed to us.
I will close with Psalm 127: Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Our holiness and pursuit of it is contagious! Be sure to vaccinate those within your circle of influence.