I feel really privileged to be able to feature part of Gloria Furman’s book ‘Missional Motherhood’ on my blog. Now, you may be asking what am I, as a guy, doing reading a book on motherhood? It’s a good question, but this isn’t just a book on motherhood. It challenges the reader to consider the way they carry Jesus with them in their everyday context – how the normal things of life are the venue for being on God’s mission of discipling. The last paragraph of this excerpt says so much. “The world says that you are just a mom and that your mothering ministry is not newsworthy.” Don’t we all feel like that? You are just a ____. But as Gloria Furman uncovers, our everyday ministries are a source for celebration. Make sure you check out her website.
– Darryl Eyb
If we claim that we have been given the ministry of reconciliation, then we would do well to enjoy that reconciliation, study that reconciliation, revel in that reconciliation, and rest deeply in that reconciliation. If we have little joy in Christ, how can we share it with the people sitting around our breakfast table, much less the people in the rescue mission downtown or the orphanage across the ocean? Out of the overflow of that joy in Christ, we plead with our children, we plead with the mom in the apartment next door, and in the means we are given, we plead with fellow sinners across the globe,
Friend, what will you do with your sin? Where will you find true and lasting hope and peace? Come with me. Come to the cross with me. We need him! How we all so desperately need him! “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Rom. 10:4). “Come, see a man. . . . Can this be the Christ?” (John 4:29). “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price” (Rev. 22:17). Be reconciled to God through Christ. There is no other way. Won’t you come with me to Jesus?
No “just a mom” creature could utter such words. Only one given the cosmos-moving ministry of reconciliation can wield words like that.
You may have read on a greeting card somewhere that motherhood is not for the faint of heart. Don’t believe it. Motherhood has to be for the faint of heart. Motherhood is mission: Jesus calls and equips women to discipleship — following him as he brings about the spreading of the glory of God in every corner of the earth. In his Great Commission, Jesus called you and every disciple to go and send, even if the farthest you go is to the nursery and back.
There is much work to be done and many people to be loved. There’s no way we can do this on our own. Moms have to be strengthened by grace to make the necessary sacrifices and to do the mundane, routine things that move the gospel forward. Few celebrities are likely to invite you onto their shows to shower you with gifts for praying with your kids, organizing a baby shower for a single mom, visiting a missionary, sending letters to your lawmaking representatives, or discipling the teen girls in your church. Only Jesus knows how many faith-full women have labored in his Great Commission behind the scenes in these ways. And he knows how many more missional mothers he will raise up to serve him with all the nurturing strength he provides. I hope you are encouraged, dear reader, that Jesus is building up his body through the work of women who are mobilizing missionaries, teaching the Bible, extending hospitality, reaching out to the suffering, and doing a host of other good works.
The world says that you are just a mom and that your mothering ministry is not newsworthy. The world says your work is mundane, but every mothering and discipling moment in your life is actually unique—unprecedented in history and never to be repeated. Your work in evangelism and discipleship done through the power of the Spirit gives Jesus praise that echoes in eternity. And this moves heaven to rejoice.
Taken from Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God by Gloria Furman, © 2016, pp. 195-198. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org.