05-14-17 – Mother’s Day!
The Value of Mother’s – https://youtu.be/HB3xM93rXbY
Every year the 2nd Sunday in May is designated as a day to celebrate Mother’s! A special time that we as a Nation have set aside to show our Mother’s how much they are appreciated, and a special day to honor her.
This idea of “honoring” Mom wasn’t started by man, or our Nation. It was initiated by God… And it wasn’t once a year!
Exodus 20:1-11 NLT – 20 Then God gave the people all these instructions: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.3 “You must not have any other god but me. 4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. 6 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on thosewho love me and obey my commands.
7 “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name. 8 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
The first 4 Commandments God gave the Israelites were about their relationship with Him. The last 6 are about their relationship with others. (Love God – Love Other)
In the 5th Commandment… notice who’s first on the list!
- 12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land theLordyour God is giving you.
Have you ever noticed it’s the only one of the Ten Commandments with a promise!
It isn’t just an “Old Test.” commandment, written just for the Nation of Israel.
Ephesians 6:1-3 NLT – 6 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. 2 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: 3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”
God was teaching them the value of Family… to learn obedience, respect, authority, loyalty and to Worship Him!
The Family unit (according to God’s design) is the foundation and bedrock of any society. And once the Family unit begins to break down everything else in society begins to crumble. As the family goes – so does society.
AND, Mother’s have TREMENDOUS influence and impact in the family… especially Mothers who are: Surrendered to God, Sacrificing for Him, Serving Him, and Sharing their Faith in Him. A Godly Mother is the closest thing to God’s love on earth!
Mother’s (and Father’s) feed the soul of a child as they grow and develop with Safety, Nurturing, Basic Trust, a sense of Belonging, and Love. And Mothers are the primary influence in those early years.
Mother’s DESERVE to be honored for their impact and influence.
Honor = To show great value, great respect, admiration, appreciation for or toward that person.
We never stop honoring… At some point we grow up and move out and we’re no longer under their authority and no longer have to be obedient… However, we never stop “honoring” our Father and Mother.
My Mom. Most of the time she doesn’t really know who I am now… however, I KNOW WHO SHE IS! Therefore, my brother and I honor her by making sure she’s cared for properly.
NOTE: Some folks may not have had great parents, even good parents. Some of you may not have had a great Mom, or even a good Mom. For some, your Mother may have treated you harshly or may not have even been there.
Are we STILL supposed to honor her? Yes. God didn’t say honor them if they were great or good or treated us good… He just said to honor them.
ILLUSTRATION: Commander in Chief: Many of us may not agree with our Commander in Chief… may not even like Him.
Or the previous Commander in Chief. But the fact remains that he’s our Commander in Chief and therefore we should honor and respect him.
The same applies with honoring our Mother. We should honor her and as a result we will be blessed by God!
What if you don’t know your real Mother? Well, honor the person in your life that was the closest thing to a Mother to you.
If you do know her, but don’t have a relationship with her, now would be a great time to start. On this Mother’s Day be an example and a witness to her of the Grace of God!
Choose to honor her because you choose to honor God. It’s a great act of Surrender and Sacrifice to do so.
The opposite of honoring her is to dishonor her and there are significant consequences for that! Proverbs 20:20 NCV – Those who curse their father or motherwill be like a light going out in darkness.
Jesus was a great example for us of honoring his Parents and his Mother.
Luke 2:41-52 NLT – Once per yr. they travel to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. One year, Jesus is 12, they go to the Feast and they’re headed home and he’s missing. They’ve been gone a day and he isn’t with any of the relatives in the caravan! They go back to Jerusalem.
After 3 days… they find him in the Temple courts sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him they were astonished. His Mother said to him, Son why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been frantically searching for you.
49 “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they didn’t understand what he meant. 51 Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart. 52 Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.
From age 12 until he was 30, Jesus was obedient to his parents and grew is wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and all the people.
And even on the Cross as Jesus was being crucified, He honored His Mother by making sure she was taken care of.
John 19:26-27 NLT – 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.”27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
What’s the greatest way to teach our kids to honor their mother? By letting them see their Mother Honored! Father’s, Husbands, Men… honor your mother… and the Mother of your Children!
- Love Her! Unconditional love because she’s your Mother.
- Provide for her Security and Protection! – What need does she have? Does she know you’re there for her?
(Note: Love and Security are the top two basic needs for a woman!)
- Spend Quality Time with her. Undivided attention focused on her.
- Spend more time talking and “listening” rather than doing stuff. Women need communication. It provides intimacy and emotional support.
- Be her Shepherd! (As Christ was our Shepherd!) She needs to know she has a man she can count on and trust. A godly man who would give up his life for her as Christ gave up his life for the Church!
- Be Transparent. None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes and will continue to make mistakes. Encourage your Mother/Wife and don’t let her be consumed by guilt! Romans 8:1 – So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
- Help her. Give her a break. They work non-stop. Do something special for her more than once a year!
- Be more thoughtful. It makes her feel valued and lets her know you care. Most of the time it’s the little things that mean the most.
- Get away! Sometimes we need a break from things. Even if it’s a couple of hours. Give her some time to rejuvenate and refresh… She will be a better Mom for it! If you can do that together it’s even better. (This goes for your Mom and your Wife!)
- Have Fun! Life is too short to be so serious and/or work all the time. Be intentional about adding some fun into your life. It breaks down barriers, improves communication, creates intimacy and draws our families closer together.
Mom’s… Happy Mother’s Day! We honor you today and want to let you know how much we appreciate you and value your impact and influence! We praise God for you!