Homemaking Is a Ministry
Over the past two years, I’ve slowly gotten into homemaking.
Now, it’s sort of “my thing.”
I didn’t see it coming, but somewhere along the way, I began to realize the eternal, beautiful, godly, glorious significance of Biblical homemaking.
I began to see that this is much more than cleaning toilets. Godly homemaking is the intermingling of craft and work for the purpose of cultivating a space to nurture our families and ourselves for God’s glory. Home is God’s idea. It’s a blessing from Him to the people He created. It is to be a place of safety, belonging, community and met needs.
“My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest.” Isaiah 32:18 (NLT)
“God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” Psalm 68:6 (NIV)
As women, regardless of our marital, parental or employment status, we were made to do this. It’s in our very nature. At the core, the satisfaction of homemaking runs deep.
As I’ve risen up into my role as a homemaker, I’m looking an sounding a lot like my mother and grandmothers. It takes a certain level of maturity to be open to that… I mean, they always seemed so “other” than me. And I was hipper (at least in my own mind –way too cool to bake pies and mop floors.) 😉
…until God awoke me to the fact that all those big, fancy, smart things I had envisioned to do with my life in worldly arenas were as fleeting as the wind.
And those big, fancy, God-things I envisioned doing? Perhaps the impact would be lasting, but the oh-so-fun acknowledgement of people makes that reward fleeting as well (Matthew 6:1-6).
As I read the Bible, I saw that, in contrast, the quiet, barely-acknowledged diligent laboring of home, when done whole-heartedly unto God and for His glory, is truly a pursuit with eternal rewards, an inheritance from the Lord.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
I realized, simply put, that…
homemaking is a ministry.
Because of that, I can feel good about pulling back from other types of ministry in order to fully attend to the needs of my home in this consuming season of life (with three little children, fully at home).
Titus 2:4-5 says,
“And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” (ESV)
My work, my purity and devotion to my family, hold God’s word up in honor. Homemaking matters.
I know that my role in the kingdom of God as a homemaker, wife and mother is no less important than the more glorified ministry roles I could perhaps possess –more humble, yes, but no less significant.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 says,
“and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody” (NIV)
As we diligently complete the work God has given us, we point to His truth.
What’s more, God has entrusted me with three little people.
These children are mine (and my husband’s) to raise and mold and care for during the short years we have them at home. This is a gift and a weighty responsibility!
Most likely, I will have more influence over their lives than any other lives I touch during my brief years here on the earth. That’s to be taken seriously. If I don’t scale back now and take time to disciple and shepherd them, when will I?
Not to mention the way I support and love and care for my husband, which is another key purpose of the home.
Today, I hope you recognize the eternal importance of homemaking. I hope you see that, no matter how trivial the daily tasks may feel, this matters.
How would your thinking change if you embraced the ministry of homemaking? Tell me in the comments section!