This past week we’ve had evangelistic meetings at church. One of the messages was about reaching out to the unsaved. The main Scripture text was,
“And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Matthew 9:9-12
While this point was not made, this is how the message spoke to me: I need to love the unlovable, and that begins at home with my own husband (while he’s usually perfect there are imperfect occasions!) and children.
Easy to do right? Well . . . I have been given by God a very difficult child. She either makes or breaks my day. She brings joy to our family or she brings division. This one child drains me all of my energy.
So often we talk about evangelism, great commission, or sharing the gospel we turn our focus to the “world” around us, but we never stop to look within our own homes. What about those difficult unsaved children within the wall of our own home? Do we love them? Do we see them as our mission field? Do we daily seek to show them the love of Jesus? Or do we say, “But these are my children. My mission field isn’t in the home. Fulfilling the great commission has nothing to do with my own children. I could never lead my children spiritually.”
Oh, dear mother. You have one of the greatest mission fields in the whole world.
You have been chosen by God to be the mother of your children. Whether there is one or ten, you were chosen to first show these little souls the love of Jesus, to guide and direct their hearts to the Heavenly Father.
The next time you are ready to “throw in the towel” with that difficult child, remember, God gave you this little one’s heart to shepherd, so lead gently.
Matthew 18:5 “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.”