By: Ashley Baker
We are called to be fully alive moms. Women who are “living to praise of Christ, intimate with Jesus, filled with the pleasure of God, and encountering the power of Christ” to quote Kathy Tarr. We were made for this kind of vibrant, colorful, joyful life.
As I have been studying the word this week I’ve found that this call to be fully alive in Jesus is two-fold.
First, we are called to love God.
God’s word says it perfectly, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deut. 6: 5).
When I read verses like this, questions instantly jump into my mind like, “What does it mean to love God?” How do I actually do that?”
I love it when God answers my questions right away. Here is what I found. John 14:15 says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
It is so simple. If I love God, I will obey His word. I will not just say that I love God, but my actions, deeds, and life will be in line with the truth of God’s word (1 Jn. 3:18).
The Bible also says, “But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him” (1Jo 2:5). We can actually know that we are in Christ. If we keep His word, which means obeying it, then the love of God is perfected in us.
As a mom, I need Christ’s love perfected in me because my heart is deceitful and desperately wicked on its own. I need the word of God that is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Heb 4:12)
This is a high calling. As a mom I must walk obediently to the Word of God because this is loving Jesus. John 14:15 says it clearly, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And … (I love this part!)… His commandments are not burdensome” (1Jn 5:3).
Isn’t that great? Obedience isn’t a burden.
Obeying God is life. I must love God with my whole heart and the way I do that is walking in obedience to His word. Fully alive moms obey God’s word.
Second, we are called to diligently teach our children.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
We as moms (and dads) are called to diligently teach our children the word of God. This means we need to thoroughly, and carefully train our children daily. As parents we must educate our sons and daughters in the ways of God. Jesus must never be forgotten in our homes.
I found one commentators image very helpful on what it looks like to diligently teach our children, Merrill said, “The image is that of the engraver of a monument who takes hammer and chisel in hand and with painstaking carves and sketches a text into the face of a solid slab of granite. The sheer labor of such a task is daunting indeed, but once done the message is there to stay” (167).
While the idea of teaching may seem hard, the results are beautiful. Our children will know God. And listen to the promise in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
As we are called to teach, we must first receive the words of Jesus and then relay them to our children. Fully alive moms teach God’s word.
In my next post I will talk about how/when we should teach our children.