Our Work of Faith
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By Maribeth Spangenberg
“Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.” I Thess. 1:3
For a number of days I had been feeling so inadequate as a mother. Whatever was I thinking when I wanted a lot of children? I’m a failure! I have so many faults and shortcomings. And since I am homeschooling, my children see them everyday.
People from outside my home and circumstances beyond my control were taking away my joy of mothering, and it was affecting my daily routine. Today I raised my voice, yesterday I had no patience, and all week I lacked motivation. Satan knew my Achilles’ heel and he was attacking full force.
“I’m tired, Lord”, I cried out in my heart, “I can’t do this anymore. There are those who don’t like what I am doing, who disagree with how I’m doing it, and who like to interfere. I feel as though I’ve taken one too many punches and I can’t get back up.”
Maybe if I sent my children to school, they would be better off. Someone else could teach them, while I spent the day in God’s Word, growing spiritually. Then I could fix up the house, do scrapbooking, cook delicious meals, and have sweet smelling cookies and cupcakes as snacks when my children return home. I would be the perfect mom, only letting them see my good side. Nine to three would be plenty of time to regain my strength and get my attitude straightened out. It would be easier for all concerned.
“Easier for whom?” the Lord seemed to say in my heart. “Homeschooling is what I want for your children. That is why I put the conviction in your heart. And as a conviction, it is a WORK OF FAITH”!
A work of faith means that you are doing something because you believe it is a command of the Lord. As God’s command it is also His Will for your life. And being in the Lord’s Will is the safest place for a Christian to be.
No, we are not perfect. But that is exactly why the Lord Jesus shed His Perfect Blood on the cross of Calvary…for sinners such as you and I. By His grace through faith, we are healed. It is this grace, which enables us as Christian wives and homeschooling mothers to continue in our work of faith, when we choose to follow the Lord in the venture of home-educating our children. Even in the midst of our own insufficiencies, lack of abilities, and perceived failures, God’s grace will be sufficient if we trust in Him.
As we trust in the Lord and in the power of His grace, our work of faith will become a LABOUR OF LOVE.
It takes work to do anything well, a commitment to do your best, and a determination to give it your all. The driving force behind this work, commitment, and determination is love – love of our Savior and love for the children that He has graciously blessed us with. Love, in turn, will produce a willingness to sacrifice. And homeschooling definitely involves sacrifice. For mothers, this means giving up our own wishes and desires, or even just putting them on hold, for the best interests of our children.
Raising children is only for a season and in hindsight, it will be viewed as a quickly passing one. We need to keep this perspective during the difficult times, when Satan attacks our work of faith with doubts, exhaustion, the scrutiny of others, and just the daily pressures of life. As a labour of love, we will then learn and experience PATIENCE OF HOPE.
As we work in love to fulfill God’s Perfect Plan for our children through homeschooling, we can rest in the hope of God’s blessings – blessings both now and later. Strong family ties, deeper parent-child relationships, greater respect for authority, and increased opportunities for spiritual growth can be immediately witnessed and then carried throughout a lifetime. Our eternal reward for steadfastness will be the Savior’s words of “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”.
Our hope is in the Lord and in the power of His might! By God’s grace, we need not be weary in well-doing in our work of faith. He will enable us to resist the temptation to quit when times are rough. His love for us will make us sufficient in our love for our children.
Lord, please fill me with the knowledge of Your Will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, that I might walk worthy of You, Lord, unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of You. Please strengthen me with all might, I pray, according to Your glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.
(Col. 1: 9-12)
I Cor. 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Hebrews 6:10 – For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
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