“What is Satan’s biggest lie he tells people every day?”
My entire Sunday School class sat silent, waiting for the teacher’s answer. But no answer came, only silence. “This isn’t a trick question,” he prompted gently. “What do you think is the most dangerous lie Satan keeps repeating?”
And in that instant, I knew my answer. It wasn’t the same answer the teacher gave, and it probably wasn’t the answer most of the adults around me considered. But I know there is one lie that my enemy uses every hour of every day against me. And it often works.
It doesn’t matter. You don’t matter.
And I believe it. I believe the lie that my chores, my daily routine, my todo list, and my schedule don’t matter.
I believe the lie that cooking dinner, washing clothes, wiping messes, organizing books, and picking up shoes don’t matter.
I believe the lie that the pat on the back, the kiss on the cheek, the tear-wiping, nose-blowing, and hand-holding don’t matter.
I believe the lie that the email, phone call, text, and facebook comment are all insignificant.
It gets worse. I’ll say every day of the week that homeschooling is important, marriage is sacred, and friends are precious…but then I’ll believe the lie that this lesson isn’t important, or I can work on that relationship later, or I’m too busy right now, we’ll have that conversation a different time.
Somewhere deep inside of me (and within you, too, I think) is a desire for significance, a yearning to be more, do more, and know more. That’s a good thing. It’s the mark of divinity within, the god-image baked into our souls since women began.
It’s the part of us that scares Satan to death, because it manifests God’s glory to us and to those around us. We – we women, we wives, we mothers, we friends — we are God’s image right here in beautiful, soft, curvy flesh. And those desires are God’s reminder that He wants us to use our gifts to portray Himself every day, to shine forth His presence.
It’s a powerful ability God has given us, this opportunity to live out God’s very personhood before the world, to give God’s love and peace and joy and creativity a living, working presence among men and children and each other.
Satan has to stop that, or he’s doomed. He cannot win his long war against the Godhead with millions of beautiful, living, breathing, walking, talking images of the Creator radiating glory every day. So from day one, he’s been lying to us. “You aren’t good enough. Your work doesn’t matter. You’re too stupid, weak, insignificant…”
And Eve believed it, just like I do. She thought she needed super-human, god-like wisdom to understand her purpose, to achieve anything of lasting worth. She bought the lie, ate the fruit, and paid the price.Through Eve’s fall, we sin all.
But the story didn’t end there. Ever since she by faith gave of herself to her husband and bore a child and exclaimed over the man she received from God, we wives and mothers have continued the redeeming tradition. We give of ourselves — our bodies, our spirits, our minds, our hands, our words, our creativity — to redeem those around us as well as ourselves. Like Eve, we know that by sacrificing ourselves for others, we polish the shining image that was tarnished by sin. She shall be saved in childbearing, not because our own labor blood can wash away sin, but because of God’s sanctifying work through our broken selves. Only God can redeem our marred humanity for his divine purpose.
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