ARE YOU SETTLED?
"Therefore, my beloved brethren be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord"
(1 Corinthians 15:58).
I love the way God's Word shows us how to live in every area of our lives. This Scripture tells us what kind of attitude we should have in the work of the Lord. We each need to understand this, because I am in the work of the Lord and you are in the work of the Lord. We are in the greatest work that God has given to women--a divine calling, commissioned by God to birth His children and train them for His purposes. We couldn't be in any greater work in the service of the Lord. Therefore, we had better know how we should go about it.
1. We are to be steadfast
This Greek word for "steadfast" means "to be settled." Do you feel settled in your great calling? You are not tossed to and fro and hankering after another lifestyle. You know this is the life for which you were born. You love being at home and you are not "gadding" about here and there unpurposefully. I love this thought from the Geneva Bible. In the margin of Titus 2:5 where it says to "be keepers at home" it says, "no gadding up and down."
The dictionary meaning for "settled" is to be "placed (you are placed in your home in the divine will of God), established, fixed, composed, and adjusted."
I believe is important for us to find our "rest" in our home and in our great calling. When you are settled and rested in it, you will be at peace. Of course, I don't mean that you will be living a life of ease with nothing to do but lie on the sofa and read books! Motherhood is a hectic and demanding life. How could it be anything else when you are determining the future destiny of a nation? But, in the midst of all the work that needs to be accomplished to mother your children and run your home, you can have a spirit of rest and peace, knowing that you are in the perfect will of God.
Back in Bible days, God rested in the Holy of holies so that He could be near His people. Now He wants to find His rest in your heart and in your home, for God is a "dwelling God." Psalm 132:13-14 says, "For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest forever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it." God desires a resting place. He wants to rest in your home and bring rest to your home, but He can't do this if you don't believe your home is your resting place (Proverbs 24:15).
Notice in Psalm 132:15 the blessings that come to you when God rests in your home because you are settled.
a) He will abundantly bless your provision and satisfy you with food.
b) He will clothe you with salvation and songs of joy will fill your home.
2. We are to be unmovable
Nothing will move your from your high calling. You won't be moved by the negative statements your family and friends say to you about having more children or staying home to homeschool. You won't be moved when facing hardships or financial stress You've counted the cost. Your heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. You are unshakable. Because you know your purpose, you will stand true to your convictions.
You are in the greatest building program in the nation. When Nehemiah went back to Jerusalem to repair and build up the gates of Jerusalem he faced continual persecution and ridicule. After his enemies did everything in their power to get him to come down from his great purpose, Nehemiah sent messengers to them, saying, "I AM DOING A GREAT WORK, SO THAT I CANNOT COME DOWN: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?" (Nehemiah 6:1-4).
Print or type these words in LARGE print and pin them up in your kitchen. When others tempt you, or you are tempted yourself to come down from your high calling, speak them out loud. Don't lower yourself to come down. Keep up your great work.
3. We are to abound
The word "abounding" is perisseuo and means "to excel, to super-abound, more and than enough." Because motherhood is the career that God has given to you, do it with all your heart. Throw yourself into your great calling. Don't do it half-heartedly, or half-time. Give yourself fully to your calling. Don't do it grudgingly, but enthusiastically.
And God promises that your labor and work will not be in vain. You have an eternal reward waiting.
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
"Dear Father, Please help me to fully understand my purpose as a mother. I want to be steadfast and unmovable, not tossed around by what everyone else says. I want to stand firm in your truth. Amen."
I am settled in my appointed place; therefore I am content.