“It’s holy work,” my heart whispered to my mind as I walked down the hall toward screaming siblings.
“It’s holy work,” the Spirit said as I knelt down to empathize.
Sometimes I get it right. Perhaps my children smell the fragrant aroma of the riches and grace of Christ. Perhaps their subconsciouses catalog the beauty of a redeemed life.
It’s holy work to show them Christ, to be their first and deepest exposure to the gospel, to give them their first constructs of what God is like.
Sometimes I get it wrong. They surely smell the stench of sin.
The trenches of daily life are the litmus test. Does the Jesus we proclaim on Sunday permeate our days on Monday?
We take the call to make disciples seriously. The work of shepherding, a holy calling. Jesus, the gospel-they are not add ons, not once a week “gave my tithe, filled my pew, did my duty.”
Jesus is our life.
In the same way speaking to a hundred women or leading Bible study is holy work, so is wiping another bottom, reading another book, washing another dish.
And loving them when they seem unlovely is an act of grace, a gift of worship.
I push back against mediocre, “Mommy needs a glass of wine” parenthood.
This much unseen, soil cultivating, seed planting work is valuable and important.
The messages they receive at home become a part of who they are. What am I telling them about their identity?
At a recent medical appointment the practitioner spoke about his young son, “I love him, but sometimes he’s a total expletive.”
I switched my next appointment to another doctor.
Because the little ones are image bearers also. They are gifts of grace.
They are sinners in need of Savior. But they were created for good and honorable things.
They were created to know the One who shows them their true selves.
So I do holy work, and pray they will know him.