Moms: as you live, as you work, as you raise your children, you play a vital role in the spiritual well-being of your kids. It is a shared responsibility you have with your husband to see your children through the lens of the gospel.
In Proverbs 31:10–31, the words of King Lemuel describe a lady with noble character. He is addressing a wife of noble character. I want to invite you to take time to read this section of the scripture.
In particular, look with me starting in v. 26: “Her mouth speaks wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also praises her. Many women have done noble deeds, but you surpass them all! Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.”
So what does a mom do, based upon this section of scripture?
First, she speaks wisdom and loving instruction. Moms when you speak do you speak with wisdom as someone who has gained insight from Christ Jesus? Do you speak with the wisdom of someone who knows Jesus and as someone who wants their children to know Him? Do you speak with loving instruction toward your children? Do you speak in a manner that points them to Jesus?
Next, moms are constantly watching over their children and also constantly displaying something to their kids. Kids do what they see. They emulate the people they are around. They follow the example that has been given to them. Moms as you go about your daily life, do your kids see a role model they can emulate? Do they see a mom who is committed to Christ Jesus and one who wants to share Him with them?
Look at what her children do. They see the value in seeing their mom love God and love them enough to display a relationship with the Lord to them. How cool is that?!? Imagine if our kids started to see moms and also dads who were willing to let them into their walk with Jesus. Imagine what it would do for their life?
I like to think of it this way… We are raising our children to be tomorrow’s leaders, husbands, wives, missionaries, doctors, lawyers, farmers, teachers, etc. But we are also showing them how they will interact with and lead their families which will have a lasting impact on the coming generations.
Her children call her blessed and so does her husband. Why? Because she is showing them (both) what a relationship with the Lord is. Her wisdom comes from God. How, because she has sought after wisdom. She found it in Jesus. Her instruction flows from what God has done in her life and she imparts that knowledge to her children and her husband.
Noble deeds are good. But noble deeds through the Lord are great.
In life everything is fleeting. Everything will be gone at some point. What the world defines as success will end. But what will withstand the test of time? The gospel. It has and will forever do so. A mom who fears the Lord should be praised. Why? Because her hope isn’t found in the pleasures of this world. Her hope is found in the Lord.
So, moms. As you play this vital role in the life of your child, do you display noble character? Do you allow your kids and your husband to see your relationship with the Lord on a daily basis? Do you allow them into this time and does it permeate throughout the rest of your day?