Luke 12:34 NIV, "Be dressed ready for service..."
What do you do when you get out of bed in the morning? Do you get dressed, or wander around in your robe or dressing gown?
I believe that what you do depends on your understanding of the task you have at hand. If you think your career of mothering and homemaking is insignificant, you may not be motivated to get dressed immediately. However, if you understand that you have the most important career in the nation, you will get dressed for the job. You will be up and ready to report to your Heavenly Employer.
Does your husband ever go to work in his pajamas? What an embarrassment that would be! Does a business woman go to her office in her nightgown? Laughable! But what do you do? How do you go to your work?
You have a greater work that is waiting you as soon as you get out of bed. It is your anointed, influential and eternal career of motherhood. You are employed by God, yes, Almighty God Himself, to keep your home and raise the children He has given you to be mighty in His kingdom. This is no mean task. Nor is it part-time work. It is as important as a politician. You are determining the destiny of the nation. But it does not happen automatically. It takes work! It takes work to run a home smoothly and keep it in order. It takes work to teach and raise children to become well-rounded, confident and godly adults.
To get "stuck in" to this great work, you have to be dressed for the job. No woman can work in her dressing gown. When you get dressed, you are mentally geared for work. You are ready for service.
Can I encourage you to get dressed as soon as you get out of bed and be ready each morning and be ready for the service of the King? I love the rendering of Proverbs 31:1-18 in the Message Bible,
"First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, ready to get started.
She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day."
This kind of attitude brings a spirit of productivity to everyone in the home. A state of slothfulness and laziness should never be part of a godly home. Proverbs 31:27 TMB says, "She keeps an eye on everyone in her household and keeps them all busy and productive."
A mother's task is not only to be productive herself but to keep each one of her children useful and industrious. It concerns me when I hear of children who are allowed to sleep in as long as they like and have not learned the habit of getting up early to start the day. It saddens my heart to see children, and especially older children, sitting around doing nothing! We must teach them to be productive. It is a mother's task to make sure that each child has their assigned tasks for the day and that they are motivated to productive creativity. Once again, it won't just happen. You have to make it happen!
Are you dressed for the day?
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
"Please help me to remember the enormity of the high calling that you have given to me. Lord, I want to be a faithful servant. Please help me not to slack on the job. Amen."
I am reporting for duty each morning to the King of kings.
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