Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19,20
The last thing Jesus commanded us before ascending to Heaven was simply to "go". He desired for us to seek out others and teach them of Him. Yet as stay at home moms we often feel we aren't equipped as "missionaries" because we are limited in how much we can go and how much we can do outside our homes. We allow ourselves to become confined dreaming of bigger things hoping for opportunities of grandeur such as foreign missions or working at orphanages or feeding the masses when we have ministry opportunities in front of us every day.
Here are a few ways that we can minister to others in our lives.
1. Housework. Yes, it is one of those dirty words that no one likes hearing, but as wives and moms it is a ministry to our families. The root of ministry is serving others and by cleaning, cooking, and doing all of those piles of laundry we are serving those closest to us. It's not a glamourous job, but most ministries that make a difference aren't.
2. Teaching our children. When you think of homeschooling you typically think of providing a quality education for our children and securing their future. That is such an important responsibility and it is ministering to a basic need in each of our children's lives. However, if while we are teaching them math and language arts we are also teaching them to have a heart for God and a heart for others we are equipping them with a servant's heart. One day they will be able to reach the world for Jesus too. Why not start now preparing them for that?
3. Wal-Mart. I have long said the world is our mission field. That includes trips to the grocery store. A smile can change someone's day. A word of encouragement can give someone hope for their future. We may never know the eternal values of a conversation with a cashier, but we have the opportunity to allow God's love to shine through us in every situation we find ourselves to make a difference in the world around us.
There are so many other ways we can minister to people and be part in the great commission. Cooking for sick neighbors, visiting people in the hospital or nursing home, or even listening to a friend on the telephone are all ways of serving others. We can make a difference for God's Kingdom. It starts with having a heart attentive to God's voice, to having a servant's attitude, and looking for the opportunities that surround you every day.