A Mother's Obedience to Her Calling

If you're pressing and pushing for that prize, it's going to be a struggle. But if you're not even trying, there will be no reason for resistance. Struggle will not exist because you will not be fighting through flesh or powers of principalities to get to the point of obedience.

What does it mean to be obedient? Everyone seems to have their own ideas about what obedience is. Let's pause and find out what the Bible says:

In Mark we read a conversation between the teachers of the laws and Jesus:

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important? The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these. Mark 12:28-31

Is it safe to say that to be obedient means to love God first, above all else, and love others? This truth is universal, not just for mother's. But since I write mainly for mothers, I want to really focus in on loving God so that we may love our husbands and children better.

Love is the foundation of everything. There is nothing without it (1 Cor. 13:2). We can't love others unless we first love God {and let Him love on us}.

The Bible clearly states if we love God, we will obey what He commands (John 14:15). Let's clarify what this means.

Jesus isn't making a threat or an accusation in this statement. It's not like when people are dating and they say, "If you don't do what I say, you don't really love me", and manipulate people with it. That's not what the verse means.

The verse is saying that out of your love for Christ, the desire fore obedience will naturally follow. It's something you can't help, simply because the desires of your heart bend and lean more toward the will of Christ, rather than your own. Walking out obedience isn't always easy, however.

None of us will be perfect at it, but we always want to be in a place where we want to love on God more. It's simple, but not always easy, because our flesh always wants to drown out what the Spirit would have for us. It can be quite a battle.

When we seek to love God, we will obey Him. So what of us who struggle to obey? Does that mean we don't love God?

Not necessarily. The key word here is struggle. If you're pressing and pushing for that prize, it's going to be a struggle. But if you're not even trying, there will be no reason for resistance. Struggle will not exist because you will not be fighting through flesh or powers of principalities to get to the point of obedience.

God calls us to teach and train our children about Him and His truths. When we love our children, we can't help but want to teach them the Truth, right? We also need to recognize that love is not defined by emotion, but by action. We shouldn't wait to feel a certain way before we act. We should never allow emotions that much control. They have their place, to be sure, but they need to be kept in it.

So what does it mean for a mother to be obedient? It means we put our love in action. We parent with grace, not just law. We create a home that is a safe place for our children to fail. Friend, if our children can't be free to fail at home, amongst those who can lovingly guide them, where can they fail safely?

The spectrum is wide for how we can swing, so we need to be sure we remain in the spectrum God would have for us. Not swinging too far on one side and never allowing yourself to step outside of the duties of motherhood for a space to breathe, nor swinging too far on the other side where our children are left to themselves and we bring shame upon ourselves (Proverbs 29:15). 

Mothers, do not fail to be obedient to God's calling for you as mother. It's the most important mission field you have.