I have often heard it said that salvation is a free gift. But that's not entirely true. In fact, it's pretty far from the Truth. Our lives were bought with a price (1 Cor 6:20) and it will cost us our lives. You can see throughout the Gospels how people dropped everything to follow Jesus. Any excuses on why they couldn't and they were deemed unworthy to be called His disciple.
The Word is God
This is why I stress so much that there is no room for complacency for a follower of Jesus. There is so much goodness packed within the verses of James 1:21-27 and it really should lay any questions to rest on what our role is as Christians -- and as Christian Moms.
Verse 21 says,
Wherefore putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
The Bible, The Word, isn't just some book of rules or regulations as some people like to reduce it to. It is the book of Life. Furthermore, it is not merely a book, it is God's Word.
John 1:1 says,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
God is the Word. The Word is God. When we follow what the Word says, we are following God. To discredit it; to say nothing is required of us as Christians because Christ did it on the cross is simply not accurate. When we truly follow Christ, our life will bear fruit.
When we follow Christ, we give Him our very lives to do with as He pleases. When He says jump, we say "how high?" And why? Because He first loved us. Because we deserve nothing but death and punishment.
James 1:22 reiterates,
But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Christianity is not some feel good religion. It's a relationship with the Living God which requires we deny ourselves in order to serve others and serve the work of the cross.
And it begins in our homes, with our own children...and our husbands, too, whom, even if saved, aren't perfect. Same as us. But we can live under the Authority of God and love more deeply than we could on our own.
What About Grace?
You may be asking at this point, what about grace? What about the verses that talk about being saved by grace alone? Obviously we cannot be saved through our own works. But what Jesus did was to fill in the gap where we could not.
Matthew 5:17 says,
Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfill.
See, Jesus lays to rest this questions right within Himself; in the Word. Jesus dying on the cross doesn't grant us freedom to live apart from the law. It does grant us freedom from being saved by it; however we are still called to live by it.
God is meant to be a mirror for us; we want to reflect Him. But we cannot do that if we read the Word and not do what it (He) says. When I look into the mirror and I see wretched old me, but I don't want to follow His Word to walk out my faith, I walk away forgetting how wretched I am by doing nothing to be more like Christ.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
Our Time is Not Our Own
Not only is our time not our own, we are not our own. Despite popular church practice when it comes to praying the "sinners prayer" and "accepting Jesus into your heart", we are to give up our very lives when we make the decision to follow Christ.
The only way to do so is to recognize first that we have sin and are in need of repentance. And second, taking up our cross. Confessing and believing in your heart is found in Romans 10:11, but without repentance, there is no salvation. The Bible doesn't begin and end with Romans 10:11. We must consider the rest of the text, including the fact that even the demons believe in Jesus, but that doesn't make them saved (James 2:19).
So, how does this apply to motherhood? In every way. Our home has its own, little missionaries we are called to train up in the Lord. This goes far beyond teaching our children mere Bible stories and verse memorization. Those are just tools that offer direction. It begins with you and with me, as living testimonies to God's Word--to who God is. It begins with us moms in the Word and than living it out, and asking the same of our children as they grow and mature. This is one reason Moms in the Word was birthed.
When you serve a meal to your family, do you do it grudgingly, or joyfully, in loving service?
Let us not be merely hearers of the Word---but doers.