Spiritual Gifts 3
“Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”
Colossians 3:18-21 ESV
Don't under estimate the potential you have to impact the kingdom of God by engaging your calling and gifts with all your heart. Our mission field changes throughout life. No mission field is more precious or as impactful as our years of parenthood. Raising children to understand they are loved is no small feat. Parents are up against tremendous challenges from within and without, but God's grace is uniquely available to perfectly meet every circumstance.
Parents need to know that their first calling and the arena their gifts are most needed is in their own homes. God stands ready to accomplish what appears impossible in healing our families. Parenting does not come naturally to most of us. God's promise is that he will enable us to find success in everything he has entrusted to our care. Our loved ones are our first and greatest trust.
The mission field of the home is a marathon of endurance. No circle of influence has the potential to inspire joy or pain like the home circle. As our homes are continually fashioned by grace they become a launching pad for joy filled service. When parents and children have a miniature living demonstration of forgiveness and acceptance at home they are strengthened to powerfully impact the world around them.
Everything good and lasting starts between us and God and is tested and developed at home. This may at times appear to be the most challenging place to utilize our gifts, but we serve a God of the impossible and he promises to make a way where there is no way. Pray not that your family members will make your home mission easier, pray that God will empower and guide you to love your family with everything he has given you. You can be an agent of change in your home, God only needs one member of the family seeking him to begin the impossible.
Still Seeking His Face,