MOTHER’S DAY 2017 | THE GIFT
INTRODUCTION | Much of our understanding about mothers and motherhood has been distorted by the media or 21st century feminist culture. Current American society has placed expectations and demands on mothers that are unfair and quite frankly unbiblical. Today I want to offer to all of you who are listening a biblical worldview perspective of what it means to be a mother and what gifts that motherhood bring to our world and to the future of humankind.
TEACHING TEXT | Proverbs 31:1-31
1 The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message, which his mother taught him.
2 O my son, O son of my womb,
O son of my vows,
3 do not waste your strength on women,
on those who ruin kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine.
Rulers should not crave alcohol.
5 For if they drink, they may forget the law
and not give justice to the oppressed.
6 Alcohol is for the dying,
and wine for those in bitter distress.
7 Let them drink to forget their poverty
and remember their troubles no more.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
9 Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.
10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.
19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.
22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
FIRST THINGS FIRST |
WOMEN ARE MOTHER’S | BIOLOGY & PSYCHOLOGY (NOT JUST FOR BIRTH BUT FOR NURTURING)
MOTHER’S ARE NOT AND DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT |
MOTHER’S ARE DESIGNED TO BE A PART OF A TEAM |
BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW | The first mother mentioned in the Bible is, of course, Eve. Genesis 3:20 says, “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” “Eve” means life or living; “mother” is the Hebrew ’em. In the Old Testament, ’em is translated “mother” 218 times. But it also carries with it the hint of “point of departure or division” (see parting in Ezekiel 21:21). It represents a nurturing source from whence those of similar character disseminate. In English, this is seen in such terms as “motherland,” “mother-ship,” and even “mother board.”
In the biblical worldview, the mission of parents is to raise children to follow God. To that end, God designed the family as the primary unit by which children are cared for, loved, trained, and empowered. This requires both kindness and discipline. Being a Christian mother encompasses a great degree of tension. She must be kind but still uphold biblical expectations, and she must know when to let go of the children she nurtured.
As most Christian mothers can attest, it is difficult to balance the natural instinct to protect one’s child from harm with the necessity to equip the child for life as an adult. Mothers are reminded to love their children (Titus 2:4)—to feel affection for them, to approve of, like, and to have a kind attitude toward them. At the same time, a mother is to train her children to live godly lives (Psalm 78:5-6) and discover how they, personally, can contribute to God’s kingdom (Proverbs 22:6).
GIFTS MOTHER’S BRING TO THE WORLD | There are several amazing women that are mentioned in the Bible but these women accurately reflect Proverbs 31:30. Also it seems like most women naturally gravitate to these gifts of character.
- Devotion and Loyalty | Ruth Book of Ruth 1:16,17 NIV 16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
- Prayer and Sacrifice | Hannah 1 Samuel 1:1:10,11 NIV 10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”
- Courage, Bravery | Esther The Book Of Esther 4:14 NIV 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
- Obedience and Humility | Mary Mother of Jesus Luke 1:38 NIV 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
THE HONOR DUE TO WOMEN MOTHERS |
TEACHING TEXT | Proverbs 31:30 NIV Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.