Friday, November 14, 2014

An Approved Worker: Mom Edition

2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

I'm no Bible scholar, but "rightly handling the word of truth" strikes me as an important part of this verse. As mothers we can get so busy with to-do lists a mile long. Allowing household chores, laundry, or grocery shopping to get behind can be pretty stressful for the whole family. We tend to allow the tyranny of the present to rule us, because it's no fun having someone beg us for clean socks or underwear, or for more milk.

But what is more shameful, really? Getting behind on these temporal things, or getting behind on our time with the Lord?

Let us aim to be workers "who have no need to be ashamed". Let us plan for a devotional time, not just hope that it happens.

An "approved worker" is intentional about the eternal things, like Bible reading, prayer time, and discipling children.

An "approved worker" stores up treasure in heaven, and doesn't chase after earthly praise.

All other spiritual fruit will spring forth from these spiritual disciplines: Bible reading, prayer, discipling our children. 

After we have our hearts in order, God will certainly help us efficiently get our homes in order. He knows what we need, and he is faithful to provide it in due time, in due measure, after we sit at his feet.

Mary at Jesus' feet

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