Life as a mom can feel repetitive. We make meals, clean up after meals, do laundry, run errands, and check homework. If we’re honest, it can feel like we are going through the motions, and it can even (dare I say), feel meaningless.
Thankfully, Scripture reveals the truth about these familiar but faulty feelings. In God’s Word, we learn everything we do matters to Him. Even the small and seemingly insignificant.
Jesus Uses What We Offer
We see this firsthand in John chapter 6, as Jesus and the disciples are faced with feeding a multitude. To test His disciples, Jesus asked, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”
Doubtful this feat was possible, Philip answered Him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Then another disciple looked around to see what they had available. He saw a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish. He too began to doubt and said, “but how far will they go among so many?”
Despite the disciples’ doubt, Jesus took the boy’s loaves, gave thanks, and distributed the bread to those who were seated, giving them as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. That day, Jesus fed 5,000 people with one small lunch.
When we read this story, we moms like to think about the mother of the boy who shared his meal. I’m not sure who originally came to this realization, but it’s been pointed out before, and I think it’s worth pointing out again, that most likely, the boy couldn’t have offered his lunch if his mom hadn’t packed it first. She could have never known when she was “going through the motions” and doing her “meaningless” work of preparing her son’s meal how God would later use her obedient offering.
Yet Her faithful work behind the scenes provided the backdrop to one of the greatest recorded miracles in the Bible. Not only did her son’s lunch feed 5,000 people, but when the disciples gathered the leftovers, they discovered more food than they started with (John 6:5-13).
The Potential Of Your Offering
Oh, how true this is of everything we offer to the Lord. We think it’s small and insignificant, but He multiplies our offerings and uses them to do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
So faithful momma, keep doing the work God has placed before you of looking after the children He has entrusted to your care. As you clean up after meals, do laundry, run errands, check homework, and, yes, pack the lunches, pray God multiplies your offering and uses it for His glory. Based on His previous record, odds are He will.
You don’t have to doubt that what you are doing matters any longer. I can’t imagine anything more meaningful than feeding bodies, hearts, and souls. And who knows? Your small offering might even reach thousands. As you devote all you do to the Lord, you’ll discover much more than you started with—a full heart of your own. And that my friend, is worth repeating.
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