As young moms move from changing diapers to making snacks, picking up toys and running laundry, it’s easy to feel as if motherhood is just a series of tasks that come undone the next day (or the next hour!). They might look in scripture and out at the world, wondering where they fit into this Great Commission. How can they make an impact for the kingdom of God when they have so little to offer?
God does not look on young mothers as unable to contribute to His mission. Rather, He uses them greatly for His purposes, though in ways the world may not recognize.
If you’re a young mom, here are five ways you’re already serving the kingdom of God—even when life feels otherwise.
- You serve by discipling your children. To “disciple” is to intentionally teach your children who God is; to show them how to become students of Jesus. In order to do this, we must ourselves be disciples! Each time you have your quiet time in front of your toddler, pray with them at meals and show them how to learn about God through His Word, you are teaching your child how to be a student of the Lord. Moms whose hearts never stop learning about Jesus, who cultivate a holy curiosity for His Word, show their children what it means to follow the Lord—not just claim His name.
- You serve by honoring marriage. For married moms, your marriage tells your children what love and commitment look like in real life. How we talk to and about our husbands reveals whether or not God’s Word about love is true. The covenant of marriage doesn’t just provide security to our children; it teaches them how to love through difficult times. By honoring marriage, we serve the kingdom of God, both to our children and to the world around us. Everywhere we turn, marriage is under attack. A Christian marriage is a threat to the enemy! By cultivating a strong marriage, you fight for the love of God and make an impact for His kingdom.
- You serve by setting an example of faith. Moms of young children also serve the kingdom by setting an example of discipleship—in how they teach their families and how they themselves follow Jesus. The moms in your play group, at work and at your church will see how you live out your faith in the Lord. They’ll see how you talk, what you watch and how you parent. While there is room for different parenting styles and choices, the foundation of God’s truth should always come through. This example is your witness.
- You serve by opening your home. Hospitality is one of the most overlooked ways we minister to our communities. By opening our home and inviting people to commune with us, we reveal God’s love and truth. Moms of young children have a great opportunity to invite other young families, single people and couples into their homes for simple meals, games and conversation. It doesn’t have to be fancy; some nights might just be pizza! But the effort made to include the people in your immediate community opens hearts to the truth of God.
- You serve by doing the unseen and mundane to the glory of God. Remember those laundry piles? How could we forget! The mundane activities of the day may be repetitive and may even feel unnecessary. But when we serve humbly, in the unseen moments of the day, God sees.
As we serve Him through our work, He is glorified. It doesn’t matter that these tasks need to be redone. It doesn’t matter that they are small and, by the world’s standards, insignificant. God has called us to do them in this season as we care for those who cannot care for themselves. And that makes an impact for God’s kingdom.