Perhaps in no department of Christian exertion are influences of a depressing kind more numerous than in that which you, as mothers, occupy. But, blessed be God, there is an exhaustless fund of all you need for your encouragement and support. Permit me to direct your attention, first of all, to the encouraging fact, that
The work in which you are engaged is directly and pre-eminently the work of God. The great end for which the created universe was called into being and for which it is upheld from age to age is the manifestation of the divine glory. In all that God does or permits to be done, He is actuated by a regard to this. All agencies — angelic and human, rational and irrational, animate and inanimate — are made to subserve1 in all their actions this great design. The tendency of all the apparently involved working of the whole machinery of the universe, whether moral or physical, is to produce motion in this one direction. In the salvation of fallen man by the remedial provisions of the gospel, this great end is especially promoted — for “by the Church” is made known, even “unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places the manifold wisdom of God” (Eph 3:10).
And by what instrumentality is a redeemed Church to be raised up from amongst the sinful children of men? By the instrumentality of those who have themselves, by the grace of God, been delivered from the guilt and the power of sin and made “[vessels] unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use” (2 Tim 2:21). By means of human agency, the multitude that no man can number is to be gathered home to the Redeemer’s fold. And you are they whom God has appointed to train up those who are to embark in this glorious enterprise! To you is committed the task of molding and fashioning the human agencies by which God’s great purpose of glorifying Himself forever in the sight of all intelligent beings is to be accomplished! In your hands are the leaders of the public sentiment of the next generation — the Luthers, the Knoxes,…the Whitefields, the Wilberforces of a future age. They are in your hands; and through them, you wield the destinies of millions yet unborn. I have already spoken of the awful responsibility of such a situation; but there is another light in which, likewise, I would have you view it.