After I gave my life to Christ at 20 years old, I thought I was going to be a missionary in Europe. I had such a zeal for evangelism. I wanted to tell everyone about what God had given to me and what God offered to them—salvation! But, in time, God would lead me to my husband in Tennessee and give me a new sacred ministry of being his helper! I joke now that God did call me to be a missionary…to a rare tribe of pygmies…our seven children.
“Do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5
After our first two boys were born 15 months apart, I realized I was home-bound. My heart yearned to share the gospel with people. I remember praying for God to let me share the gospel with somebody—anybody. I thought it might be the greeter at Wal-Mart because that was about all the human contact I had. God had bigger plans.
“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15
During a season of suffering, God allowed me to start writing a blog. He gave me an outlet to serve Him and share His Word. I was very grateful that God had allowed me (as a stay-at-home mom) to truly go into all the world to share the gospel.
As my boys got older and God gave us more children, we began to grow together. We memorized the Word. We wrote evangelical sermons together and recorded them. The boys handed out gospel tracts.
But, as our lives became fuller and more complicated, we began to lose sight of our calling to share the gospel.
It is a constant battle and I am ever re-focusing using this verse:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Am I seeking the Kingdom first, or am I seeking “all these things” first and then the Kingdom?
Motherhood, curriculums, laundry, co-ops, sports, and simply the cares of this world can choke out our fruitfulness if our priorities get flipped. Jesus never lost sight of His mission here: to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:10) Now He has entrusted us with the task of telling others the Good News.
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24
As I teach my younger kids to read, I remind them that the goal is to be able to read our Bibles so that we can know Christ (1 John 5:20), and then to share His Word with others. As the older boys develop in sports, I want them to know that any talent God has given them is a platform to share Jesus with the watching world (Romans 12:6). As they study in school, I want them to know their learning is equipping them for every good work God has prepared in advance for them to do.
“God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of His Son…” Romans 1:9
I used to ask my children what they want to do when they grow up. The Lord quickly convicted me. Now, I ask them what they want to do for the Lord NOW.
“You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14
It is so easy to get into the rhythm of self-preservation with our children. Fear causes me to focus (too much) on protecting them from the world and all its evil. But we must take courage! Acts 17 is clear that God chose the exact times and places in which we (and our children) would live. He wants our families to shine like stars in this crooked and perverse generation as we hold firmly to the Word. Jesus prayed for us before He went to the cross that God would protect us as we go out as sheep among wolves. We are sealed and protected by the very name of Jesus.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16
I read a quote once by an atheist that said, “If you Christians truly believed what you say you believe, you should be crawling over broken glass to share it with people.”
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation…” Isaiah 52:7
I’ve never forgotten that. We should do whatever it takes to get God’s message to the world!
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Jonah could have missed the greatest revival of all time by clinging to his comfort zone and his fears. If we step out in faith, we will see God do greater things than we could ask or think! Ask God how He desires to use you to share the gospel. Ask Him to give you His heart to reach the lost.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2
May our passion to reach the lost be passed down to our children.
“Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.” Daniel 12:3