A Leap of Faith: The Extraordinary Risks and Rewards of Motherhood in Christ

At some point in our lives, many of us feel a call to embark on a journey beyond our comfort zone, whether it be a mission trip, a new job, or even moving to another country. My husband and I prayed and waited for such an opportunity, one where we could minister to the unreached, not knowing when God would lead us to our destination. Interestingly, God’s timing did not align with ours; the door only swung open when we had built a life that we cherished – a home, thriving young children, a blossoming career, and a church family that was integral to our existence.

Despite my husband’s one-time visit, our chosen destination was largely unknown to us. We only knew that the need for God’s word was great, the local culture was hesitant to outsiders, and the concept of Christ was met with hostility. Our decision to move was met with concern from friends and family, who questioned the wisdom of uprooting a young family to such a volatile environment. These concerns were valid, and we too wrestled with them before God in prayer.

Reflecting on a high-school adventure with my uncle and brother, where we dared to cross a dangerous ravine via a fallen tree trunk, I pondered on how motherhood had changed my approach to risk. Nowadays, I would not take the same risk, particularly with the little ones dependent on me. Unless, of course, God Himself promised to accompany us.

Many mothers in Christ find themselves wrestling with this dilemma. Following Christ often demands us to leave our comfort zone, and the decision can be a tug of war between fear and obedience. Are we willing to risk our family’s security for the sake of sharing Christ’s love?

Often, we find ourselves wanting to shield our loved ones from any possible danger. However, the truth of the gospel is that following Christ is not a guarantee of a painless life.

As mothers in Christ, we’re reminded to deny ourselves and take up our crosses, much like every follower of Christ (Matthew 16:24). This call requires an unwavering trust in God’s promises, knowing that while obedience may lead to immediate loss, the end result will be life and gain (Matthew 16:25).

When faced with a decision that involves risk, the most important question is not about what we might lose, but rather who we choose to believe. Our trust can find no better refuge than in our Father, our Redeemer (Isaiah 63:16).

This trust in God doesn’t result in us cowering in fear, but rather standing firm in the face of adversity, armored and fearless. It leads us to raise our children to face the risks of serving Christ, teaching them to trust in God even when they are afraid (Psalm 56:3).

Prior to our big move, I believed in God’s worth and the value of His gospel message, and as a result, I was ready to risk everything. However, after a year of living in a foreign land, facing severe illness and an emergency room visit with my youngest child, I found myself losing sight of His worth.

However, it’s during these times that we are reminded of Paul’s sacrifice for Christ, and his words, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8).

In the face of adversity, we can learn to look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, and pray for God to enlighten our hearts (Ephesians 1:18).

To my fellow mothers in Christ, remember that our risks are but small trials compared to the eternal glory we’re promised in Christ (2 Corinthians 4:17). The challenges we face are minute in comparison to the unsearchable riches of Christ (Ephesians 3:8).

Regardless of where we are in the world, we are all foreigners in this land, but our citizenship lies in Heaven. We all face risks as we serve Christ and raise our families, but the question is, do we trust Him? Is He worthy of our risks? If the answer is yes, then what’s the next leap of faith we’re willing to take for Him today?