As moms, we are called to serve. As Christians, we are called to serve. Sometimes, though, that can seem an overwhelming task.
James offers us a wonderful example of what a servant looks like. As we dive into this fantastic study, I encourage you to look at it very personally. How can we learn to be better servants for our families? There are dozens of ways we can serve, but for the sake of this study and our current season as moms, we are going to focus on serving as wives and mothers. Of course, any of these principals can be applied to anyone and their season of life. I will simply be honing in on the home and our role in it.
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
Of course, the first thing I draw out here is that James was a servant. He had a specific task. His letter to the Jewish Christians was to encourage them to work their faith through their trials.
A servant is someone who is under the control of his master. As Christians, we are servants of Christ. What has He asked of us? When life gets challenging, what are we to do? How are we to think? These are things to think about as we further dig into this study.
We may meet here only once per week, but our study continues daily. Our walk with Christ is continuous.
Pick out one thing you can truly focus on as you read to pray and work through.
This week, I will be focusing on the fact that I am a servant and my life is not my own.
Truth be told, Christians throw this phrase around, but do we truly believe it? Do we truly surrender to Him?
I can say honestly that I don't. And He gives His authority in several places; it's not just sitting up in heaven.
I see His authority is in my husband and I need to learn to heed that authority better.
Now, do not misunderstand. I am not talking about an extreme patriarchal system--because I have seen the many dangers of that. I am simply referring to the roles God has given each of us and learning to respect them. I can be confident that my husband is under the authority of Christ because I see him walk out his daily life in Him -- even through the battles.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men; Colossians 3:23
My husband is far from overbearing, but sometimes I find myself outwardly expressing my disapproval of some of his decisions. If I cannot respect the authority of my husband, even when I don't agree with his decisions (as long as they are not outright sinful), how can I take authority from God, who is not even seen?
I cannot assume that God is going to lead the way I think He is; the way I want Him to. I must take cues from His Word and remain in tune with His Spirit so I know His voice as well. I also cannot assume that God is going to make life easy and when it gets hard it must not be what God wanted. (I am not talking about any particular situation here). He may not cause the hardships, but He will certainly use them.
We can start with the little things in our days. Since we're on the subject of husbands today, let's expound on that.
My husband is much more than simply an authority; he is a leader who loves and cares for his family. And sure, he has struggles. But I have two choices here:
I can either choose to build up walls because my husband doesn't live up to my expectations.
Or I can recognize that my husband is in need of my support and serve him in love and with understanding.
Maybe I don't understand exactly what he's going through at times, but I do know I have struggles of my own. How would I want to be treated while going through these struggles? Furthermore, I must remember I am not above struggles--and neither is my husband. I shouldn't pretend that I have it all together by also expecting him to.
Serving is much more than making meals and cleaning house. It is loving in ways that are hard; through patience, grace and understanding.
I want to address those who are single and single moms. Just because you do not have a husband, does not mean you are not under Authority. In this case, God may use a Pastor or very close friend or mentor (or parent!) as your authority. Often, these people are meant to help you and guide you into wisdom.
I'm not talking about someone who is strong-arming you. I am talking about someone who clearly has wisdom from God and cares about you, your children, and your walk with the Lord. And God will give you discernment on who this is, you only need to ask.
This week, I challenge and encourage you to consider your role as a servant of Christ. What does that mean? How does this effect your role as wife, mother, and keeper of your home?