We live in a world that is determined to minimize, or out right ignore, the role mothers play in their children's lives. The world would have us believe that mothers really don’t matter after all. And that is wrong.
I recently read a report about a private school that had canceled mother’s day. There would be no mother's day cards made.
The art class would not make clay picture frames for the kids to take home as a gift. Mother’s day would be completely ignored.
So that the children being raised by "two dads" would not get their feelings hurt. Because, after all, two dads are just as good as a mom, right? A child can get along just fine without Mom, right?
WRONG! MOTHER’S MATTER!!
It has been said, “It takes a village to raise a child". But this is not true.
The truth is it takes godly parents to raise a child. You show me a child raised by the village and I'll show you a confused person especially on the subject of faith or where moral issues are taught. Because what society accepts as moral the Bible rejects.
Society may teach your child that he is a decendant of a monkey. The Bible says we are not decendants of monkeys, but that we were created in the image and likeness of God.
An old preacher, I can't remember who, said, "An ounce of mother is worth a pound of preacher."
The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy,
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.
More important than doctors, scientists, and presidents is the one who shaped their lives and gave them a moral foundation to make decisions upon.
I wonder how many people that are Christians today were led there by the life of mother or grandmother.
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.
You know, it brought back a memory of a time when I laid in an ER with a badly broken body and nearly no face, my throat was cut, my head was swollen. And my mom came in and kissed me and smiled, I don't know how, and said, "It's going to be alright. God will help us". The fear in me backed off. I believed my mother's words. She believed God's Words.
In fact, she wouldn't accept anything they told her about my condition. I had been in a motorcycle wreck & been told I would not live until morning. My mom said, "He will live & declare the works of the Lord." Then doctors said I would never walk again or have any children. She said, "My boy will walk & have children, in Jesus' Name." And praise God, I did!
Now, my mom isn't here with me, but the Jesus she told about, the Savior she kept telling me of is.
Paul reminded Timothy that he didn't inherit a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
I told you the story of how God touched my broken body. But years later I brought my broken life to that same Jesus that my mom told me about. I wasn't in a wreck I was the wreck. And He said, "It's alright. I'll help you."
God's Word declares in Isaiah 41:10, Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
I want to encourage all you mothers and grandmothers here today who are teaching your children and grandchildren about Jesus. You are introducing them to a source of strength and comfort that will be there in life for them after our presence is gone.
There could be some here today who say, "I am not a mom." "I am not a dad." You still have an opportunity to change lives of young and old. Impart your faith. Share the news of Jesus with someone.
My life would have been very different and very sad today had it not been for mom and the other Christians that took the time to speak to me and to teach me about Jesus.
Mom is no longer here with me. Sister Painter, my Sunday School teacher, and others who were witnesses to me are no longer here. Brother Holter, who witnessed to me years later is no longer here.
But the Comforter they told me of, the Friend they introduced me to, the Savior who became my Lord, He is with me and will never leave me.
Be encouraged today. Your work, prayers, and efforts may seem to be unappreciated and unnoticed but you are doing something that will last.
Moms and Dads, brothers and sisters, in our society what is needed is godly mothers and fathers who will stand and say, “This is right, that is not; not because we believe it, but because the Bible says it!"
I have heard ‘Christian’ parents say, "Well I am not going to push my beliefs off on my children. When they are old enough, they will make their choice on their own”.
The Bible says in Proverbs 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Paul also wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:14, But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
2ti 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Now who do you think taught the Scripture to Timothy?
Here is one for you dads.
Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
And a word for all of us.
Deuteronomy 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
De 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house.
I want to encourage not only the moms but each of us today to be an active witness in the lives of the young. Don't give up but press harder to be an example to them.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.