Blog - Doing Earthwork
God as HomemakerWednesday, February 26, 2014
a blog she gets honest about her SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) inferiority complex:
"I feel,” she writes, "inferior to mothers who go out to work. . . .I don’t
believe that the work I do each day . . . bears any comparison to a real work day.”
SAHDs (stay-at-home-dads) can grapple with the same sense of insignificance.
But as with any other kind of work, the meaning of making a home flows from the fact that God himself works that way. God displayed his heart for homemaking when he provided the land promised to those he delivered from Egypt: "I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own.” (II Sam. 7:10).
In preparing his disciples for his departure and return to his Father, Jesus told them: "In My Father's house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you” (Jn. 14:2, AMP).
All members of the Trinity do the work of home-making. The Holy Spirit makes his home in the body-temples of believers. And for anyone who loves and obeys Jesus, both Father and Son "will come to him and make our home with him” (Jn. 14:23).
What God does as home-maker emerges from who he is. God is "our dwelling place,” says Moses in the prayer attributed to him in Ps. 90:1. This from the man who spent decades of his life camping in the desert.
The work you typically do if you set up and maintain a household finds its prototypes in the work of God himself. Do you prepare meals? He spreads a table and provides food for those in his home. (Ps. 23:5; 111:5) Do you shop for appropriate outfits? He clothes his family. (Matt. 6:30-31) Do you kiss bruises and put Band-Aids on scraped knees? "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Ps. 147:3).
Is this real work? Absolutely. "Homemaker” is more often associated with women. But this work is gender-neutral. It belongs both to men and to women. Married couples are to carry it out together. Such work matters because the homemaker is made in the likeness of God. And if done in the right spirit, this home-work—providing an oasis of shelter, rest, protection, restoration, provision, and peace—beautifully reflects that of the original homemaker.