In conclusion to our series on being workers at home, I wanted to share some resources and final thoughts on this all important topic. I wish to thank all the ladies who have shared their thoughts on our panel and amidst the discussion over the past week.
As we have seen, being a worker at home, as described in Titus 2:4-5, means that we are called to be first and foremost homeward oriented, whatever season we are in (whether single, married, children grown, etc). We must never loss sight of this orientation even when different seasons may open up various outside opportunities. We are guardians, protectors, managers of this domain. We are to passionately seek the well-being of our husbands/father’s, children and home, prior to any other pursuit. Home building is ministry. It is our mission field. As Mark Driscoll challenges, home building is full-time ministry, why look elsewhere? This is the beautiful domain that God has placed women since creation. Nurturing and building our homes is a high and holy calling!
I personally can testify to the joys of being a worker at home. It may require sacrifice in material things, but what does that matter in eternity? Seek first the Kingdom of God, the Word commands, and all our essential needs will be supplied (Matt. 6:33). Giving up future security in retirement in order to invest in eternal souls of those of your children and others around you is worth the sacrifice. There is eternal treasures stored up for those who are willing to give up extra comforts in the present, in order to store up future treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:19-21).
I cannot have ever luxury that my selfish heart desires, but I have the time and freedom to invest in the gospel. First to my husband, by being his helpmeet, encouraging and supporting him. Secondly, to invest into my children’s lives…speaking the Word to them throughout our days (Deut. 6:4-9). Thus it requires me to be a theologian, prepared to teach and instruct my children in righteousness. And finally, in gospel ministry within the church and to the lost world around us (opening our home in hospitality is a huge ministry right there).We cannot have expensive vacations, but then again we enjoy the frugal simple ones with so much greater enjoyment.
This season is so short…my children will be grown before the blink of an eye. Living simply has been our goal…why? In order that we might be generous in furthering the work of the kingdom. Being at home has allowed me to focus on giving unto others through hospitality, and maintaining this blog. I have always seen this as a ministry, an opportunity to serve and encourage my sisters in their homeward orientation. I praise the Lord for how He has blessed and grown this ministry.
In conclusion, I want to challenge you all to take the time to hear this powerful message on the topic of Women as Homebuilders by Mark Driscoll. This message has made a huge impact on my life and this calling to see home building as beautiful full-time ministry. Please listen! The other two parts of this series on women are also very powerful: Women as Wives & Women as Mothers.
So ultimately, it is not a matter of whether you work outside or inside the home. It is asking ourselves prayerfully, where is my heart oriented?
I highly recommend the following books for stirring up a greater vision for living a gospel God-glorifying life and inspiring you with a greater clarity for your role as a woman and homemaker.
Pat Ennis & Lisa Tatlock, – preparing your home to be a place of ministry to others! Join us for our upcoming book study, starting February 1st.