I dedicate this article to our Mothers on this special day, a day that our society has set aside to honor that special lady in our lives called Mother. You’ll find in the Book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul was admonishing the Church back then, and it applies to us today in the Church of the Firstborn, that we must honor our Mothers. Let’s go ahead and read from that opening of Scripture.
EPHESIANS 6: 2, 3
2 Honour thy father and thy mother; which is the first commandment with promise ;
3 That it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest live long on the earth.
The word “honor” is unique in itself. It means to place in high esteem, to respect, to treat with reverence, expression of admiration, and tribute that conveys respect.
Mothers are special. They are gifted to care for us like no one else can. Mothers have a way of seeing the potential in you that no one else sees. When everyone sees a runny nosed little child running around in the neighborhood, she sees a beautiful young child. When everyone else sees a scraggly teenager, she sees a well groomed, well disciplined, successful young person. And it is Mothers who teach and instill in us the important things in life.
Please permit me to share a story I read a long time ago. This event happened in the mid – 1900s. An editor of a London newspaper wanted to write a featured article on the importance of teachers. He sought an audience with Sir Winston Churchill to inquire as to which of Churchill’s teachers he attributed his success. Unable to contact the prime minister for a personal interview, the editor decided to send him a questionnaire instead. A few weeks passed before the editor received his questionnaire. It was returned completely blank except for one comment at the bottom of the page, written in his own handwriting. It read: “You have omitted to mention the greatest of my teachers – MY MOTHER!” There is a tremendous truth in what Sir Winston Churchill said. If you stop and think about it, not only is MOM usually her child’s first teacher, but she is often the greatest influence upon that child’s life. This was certainly the case in my life. I never knew who my biological father was until I was seventeen years old. Of course I had a wonderful step-father. But it was my Mother who taught and instilled in me the important things in life.
Here are the names of a few Godly Mothers that are mentioned in the Scriptures, and the men whose lives they significantly influenced:
Sarah - Mother of Isaac
Ruth - Mother of Obed
Elizabeth - Mother of John the Baptist
Rachel - Mother of Joseph
Mary - Mother of Jesus Christ
Jochebed - Mother of Moses
Salome - Mother of James and John
Eunice - Mother of Timothy
Today many of you are in the safe harbor of Jesus’ care, free from the hands of the enemy – not because of all you’ve done, but because of the principles your Mother taught you when you were knee high.
In closing, remember this, don’t wait until next Mother’s Day to honor your Mother, because everyone is doing it. But as your Pastor I exhort you to take the time often, To Honor Your Mother and the Mother of Your Children. “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS!”
Word of Today: "He Prayed for Them"
There is a remarkable passage of Scripture in the seventeenth Chapter of the Gospel of John in which Jesus vividly demonstrates one of the most powerful leadership secrets. He prayed for His followers. Whether you are the leader of a ministry, a parent, or a supervisor there is one thing that you can do that will greatly impact your organization in a positive way, that is “Pray for Them.” It will change everything for the better.