Here at the Crown Ministries Stewardship School we are learning lessons in being better stewards of the earth that God has given us, of our money and finances, and of our time, resources and opportunities. At the moment we are being given opportunities to grow in many different spheres.
On our first day at the School, in a time of character development, we were posed two questions. The first was: “What work do you do on a weekly basis?” The second was: “How would your work be different if you were doing it ‘as unto the Lord’?”
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.
The example given was that of a farmer – if he or she works as unto the Lord, it will be evident in their fields. When they work for the Lord they will plant their crops to a high standard, and people walking past can see that the land is being farmed to the glory of God.
Although I am a doctor by profession, the thing that came to mind when I was asked what work I do on a weekly basis was that I raise my children. At the moment this is one of my primary tasks.
It was such a challenge for me to ask myself: “Am I raising my children as a work for the Lord?” By God’s grace I pray that I am raising them to know Jesus and to walk in His ways. But is the way that I parent bringing glory to God? Can people walk past my children and see that my parenting is done as to the Lord?
It was a mind-shift for me, and brought parenting into a new light. I have shared before how that I have sometimes viewed it as a burden. Now I was being challenged to view it as responsibility given by God. One day I will give an account of how I used the opportunity of child-rearing. Was it done in a God-fearing way?
I thank God for the reminder of Who I am serving when I bring up my children. The relief of knowing that my concern should not be what others think, but what the Lord thinks of how I do it. The knowledge that I am doing it as a work unto the Lord brings freedom, and confidence when it comes to tough choices – there is only One opinion that matters. And it brings me back to my knees, knowing that it is only by grace that I can complete this work for Him. I need to draw daily on His wisdom and understanding as I parent my girls. It still feels daunting, but I am encouraged.
I hope you are too.