God calls us to go and make disciples of all nations. Last week I obeyed that call and went to Africa. Next month we will take the boys and go to Honduras to fulfill that same calling.
Today, I am doing laundry. Lots of laundry. I am washing dishes and picking up the same pair of shoes I have picked up 100 times.
In Titus 2, the older women are told to “urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”
I am also called to this . . . love my husband and children, be self-controlled and pure, be busy at home, be kind, subject to my husband.
Holy cow! Africa was much easier! Yes, I had to sacrifice my time, money, sleep and jet lag to get to Africa but it was pure joy to love on those people. My heart was overwhelmed and excited to sacrifice to get to love them.
I have to ask myself, am I overwhelmed and excited to do the same for my family? Not always.
We are called to do both: love our families and go reach the world.
Sometimes it is easier to go love the world than do another load of laundry.
Sometimes it is easier to hide inside my house and not reach out to a neighbor.
Sometimes it is easier to serve for a week, than love for a lifetime.
Today I am reminded, God doesn’t call us to easy.
He calls us to serve and give our lives as a ransom for many – right here in this house and to the ends of the world.
There is a principle tucked away in 1 Samuel 30 about staying and going. David and some of his men went off to fight the Amakeites and 200 of his men were too exhausted to go fight so they stayed home to keep watch. When the fighting men returned with the plunder they didn’t want to share with the ones who stayed behind but David intervened and said those who guarded were just as important as those who fought. There are times when Brad goes to make disciples and I stay home to guard the family. There might be times when I go and Brad stays here to keep watch.
One important thing to remember though is that the men who stayed behind were exhausted. Why? Because they had previously been fighting. Just because they were guarding this time, doesn’t mean they never fought. Guarding the homefront is not an excuse to never go.
There is a time for everything (Ecc. 3)
A time to do laundry. And a time to go to Africa.