2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
2ti 1:4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
2ti 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
2ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
2ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Paul is speaking to Timothy about a heritage that has been left to him.
A heritage more precious than diamonds, more valuable than gold, a heritage than can do in your life what all the riches of this world cannot. It is a heritage of faith.
Paul said, "Your grandmother had it. Your mother had it and now I believe you have it."
I know I would not be the same today if I had not had a believing mother.
The job of mother has somehow been given a backseat in our modern society and, if that doesn't change, it will be the ruin of our generation.
Motherhood should be exalted not belittled or pushed back. There is no greater importance than shaping the generation to come.
It has been said, "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."
More important than doctors, scientists, and presidents is the one who shaped their lives and gave them a moral foundation to make decisions upon.
Back to this heritage of faith.
I wonder how many people that are Christians today were led there by the life of grandmother or mother.
My mother took me to church and taught me about Jesus but it was her everyday life that stayed in my mind. Not that she was perfect. She wasn't. Like all of us, she had her bad days. But her life for Jesus was consistant. She didn't quit. She just trusted God to be right and the world wrong.
I was thinking about this heritage of faith. Moms and dads, we have an opportunity to leave something to our children and our grandchildren that is more precious that all earthly treasure to leave a heritage of faith.
I know that mothers carry their children and grandchildren in their hearts, much like God carries us in His heart.
I can't prove this, but I just know that moms know when their kids are in trouble even if they are miles away.
I want to encourage you Christian moms today that if you have children that have wondered away from home and away from God, don't give up on them.
In Zechariah 10:7-9 God is telling us about the outpouring of His Spirit in the last days; the days we are living in. And he says:
Zechariah 10:7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.
Zec 10:8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.
Zec 10:9 And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again.
God is going to find your child and get their attention. He is going to say, "Psst, remember when your mom prayed?"
Psalm 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children.
God knows how to speak to your children, who to use, and when to move.
The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:12, I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
I don't know about some of you but I wasn't in no prayer closet when God got my attention. I wasn't expecting it when God said, "Psst".
Mothers, don't give up. Get on God's promises and get refired in prayer. You are passing on a heritage
There was a man in the Bible named Cornelius. He prayed until his prayers became a memorial before God and his whole household got saved. Dads, you can leave a heritage too, but this is Mom's day.
My own mother never lived to see all her boys saved, but they all have been.
She left a memorial of prayer.
I want to show you one more example of a determined mom in Mark 7:25-29.
Mark 7:25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:
Mr 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
Mr 7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.
Mr 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.
Mr 7:29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
At first Jesus said, "It is not meet to give you the children's bread", but she wouldn't give up. She besought Him some more. She humbled herself and Jesus healed her daughter.
Let me encourage you moms today. Don't give up and, where your prayers are concerned, don't let discouragement shut you up. You are leaving a heritage of faith.
You may be saying, "My mom didn't leave me a heritage of faith."
Well then it can begin with you.
Maybe you have no children. If you don't have a natural child of your own, you can be a "mother in Christ" to someone. The need is great. You can still leave a heritage of faith.
Many souls have come to Jesus or returned to Him after years of being backslidden because of a seed of faith planted in their heart by a Sunday school teacher or Christian neighbor that took the time to care
Moms, for all you do that goes unnoticed and seemingly unappreciated, we salute you and thank you.
But more important someone else is keeping track. Keep leaving a heritage of faith.