Ministry of One

maryBabyJesusIn the past year, my life has had an extreme makeover – Mommy Edition.  In the last year I have gotten married, gotten pregnant, and gotten a new baby.  I’ve set aside my career and become a full-time parent.  Now it seems like my whole life revolves around this tiny little person.  I spend my whole day caring for this new life, changing diapers, warming bottles and rocking to sleep.

No don’t misunderstand. I love my girls.  I love being a full-time Mumma, but there are times when I am standing with a crying baby, wearing spit-up clothes, and my hair is a nest where I pause. There will be moments in the middle of the night, when I’m walking a fussy baby, when I wonder who I am.  And in my state of fatigue, I come up with the same answer… now, I’m just a mom.

I would be lying if I didn’t say that it makes me feel a bit discouraged.  I feel a bit sad, that my life has shrunk to a newborn size.  As I do whenever I feel discouraged, I turn to my source of hope, God’s word.  As I turned the pages from the Old Testament, through to the New, I found that God used a lot of “Just Mom’s” for great things.  God used their devotion for their children into a Ministry of One.

The first Momma that came to mind in the Bible was Hannah, which is funny, since she had so much trouble becoming one.  She is basically in the Bible for less than one page in the whole Bible.  She was no one special, just a mom with a ministry of one.

Hannah’s first act of faith in her ministry of one was to turn in her barrenness to God and surrender to His will.  She would drag her husband to temple every year and pray for a child.  Hannah prayed with such abandon to God that the priest thought she was boozy.  Hannah promised God that if He gave her a child, she would dedicate his life to service for the Lord.  God accepted her faith and granted her a son, Samuel.

The Bible says that Hannah raised her son until he was weaned, about three years old, and then she delivered him to the temple to be raised as a priest.  She also continued to visit him yearly, bringing him clothes and treats.  Her son, Samuel, was one of the greatest men of the Old Testament.  He was the last of the judges and the one to anoint the first two kings of Israel.  Hannah may have thought that she was just a mom, but her ministry of one had an impact on the Old Testament that can still be felt today.

Hold on, I have to go feed a crying baby.  I’ll be right back…

Then there is the Momma that God chose for Jesus, Mary.  The Bible says that Mary was chosen because of her faithfulness.  She wasn’t yet married, and she knew that people would question her morality.  She knew that according to the Law, she could be stoned for infidelity, but she trusted God.

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants. May everything you have said come true.” And then the angel left.  – Luke 1:38 NLT

 God intervened on her behalf, and she was protected during the pregnancy, Joseph fulfilled the marriage commitment, and her son was born.  She held her sweet son in the manger, and she was a just a mom… with a ministry of one.  At that time, the children, both boys and girls, first learned scripture from their mothers.  This means that our Savior’s first teacher, was Mary, who was just a mom.  Her ministry of one took place in the formative years of Jesus Christ.  It’s hard to not appreciate her contribution.

Now we could say that Jesus didn’t really need a lesson in scripture, but that would diminish what He did for us.  Jesus was fully God and fully man.  He humbled himself for us, so that he could experience what we have.  This means that he needed a mommy.  He needed someone to be patient, tender, and supportive.  As a young boy he needed her encouragement and love.  Mary was all of those things for him, so that he could be everything for us.  Her ministry of one contributed to the life of Jesus, who saved us all.  No one can say that her ministry was pointless.

 1623708_10201559898015099_803869093_nGod uses us where we are.  He takes the situation where we find ourselves and uses it for His kingdom.  We can never doubt that the little things that we do don’t contribute to His greater plan.  Sometimes our biggest contribution comes from the love we put on another.  We won’t be the ones seen serving, but in our own way, we have served.

 So tonight, as I look down into the blue eyes of my little girl, I will love on her.  I will hold her and the promise she is to the world.  I will minister to my little audience of one, and wait patiently to see how she serves God’s kingdom.  I will do all the invisible tasks involved with raising a child, and I will know that God has a plan for her and for me.  I can do all these things, even though I am just a mom.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  – Jeremiah 29:11 NLT