I don’t talk about my mission statement very much around here. I think about it, test ideas against it, and agonize over the proper wording of it, but I don’t tend to write about it. So, every now and then, it’s good to take a look at it. Just like it’s important to regularly review our family’s priorities (now that they’re officially written down), it’s a good idea to think about my own purpose and priorities sometimes, too.
When I was growing up, the word “gospel” didn’t hold a lot of meaning for me. We used it at church and threw it around in evangelistic conversations, but it always seemed sort of vague. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized the word “gospel” holds more meaning than I will ever fully understand, and that it should impact every part of my life.
The “gospel” is the fact that I am a sinner saved only by God’s grace. I have failed at living a perfect life before a holy God. But instead of God giving me what I deserve (punishment), He gave Jesus what I deserve. He punished Jesus for my every sinful thought and action. He accused Jesus of my wrongdoing and then sentenced Him to a painful death because of it. Because of me.
He didn’t stop there. After Jesus took my ugly guilt upon Himself, He gave me His own beautiful perfection. No, I’m not miraculously perfect now, but God miraculously sees Jesus’ perfection when He looks at me. When I prayed for God to forgive my countless sins, He traded Jesus’ righteousness for my unrighteousness. I had nothing good to offer Him. He did it all because of His own love, and mercy, and grace.
That’s the gospel, and it should change everything about me. How I submit to and respect my husband. . .the way I love and forgive my children. . .my attitude toward caring for and managing my home. Those things all say something about what I believe. They should all display the truth of the gospel.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 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.” (Titus 2:3-5)
Homemaking isn’t easy, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It is downright hard to be a godly wife, nurturing mother, and efficient home manager. And I have the tears and battle wounds to prove it.
But serving our families isn’t about taking the easy route or simply walking in the footsteps of all the other women at church. As a Christ-follower, homemaking is about living the gospel, so “that the word of God may not be reviled.” That’s what Gospel Homemaking is about. As a blog, a mission statement, and a lifestyle, that is what the phrase “gospel homemaking” means.
That is why I write. . .and cook dinner, and discipline kids, and pick up my husband’s dirty socks, and wash eight hundred loads of laundry a week. So that through this art form of homemaking, “the gospel of Christ will be displayed.”
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