Honoring Our Mothers
Honoring Our Mothers
Sermon outlines by Melvin Newland and Mike Mazzalongo on the Mother’s Day topic were used in this sermon.
Welcome all the Mothers that have joined us today.
Show the video on Honoring Mothers.
Share illustrations and observations about being a Mother.
Football Analogy: A father would be the starting QB on a football team who leads the team and is usually the best player and does everything he can to help the team win. A Mother would be the coach of the team because the coach leads the team and makes sure that everything runs smoothly and makes all the decisions to help the team be successful.
Chess Analogy: The father would be the King piece in a chess game which determines who wins or loses the game but a Mother would be the Queen piece which is the most powerful piece on the board and is very important to win a game.
ILL. Someone wrote, "Mother's Day is traditionally the day when children give something back to their mothers for all the spit they produce to wash dirty faces, all the old gum they held in their hands, all the noses they wiped, & all the bloody knees they 'made well' with their kisses.
"This is the day mothers are rewarded for washing sheets in the middle of the night, driving kids to school when they missed the bus, & enduring all those football & soccer games in the rain.
"It's a day of appreciation for making your children finish something they said they couldn't do, not believing them when they said, 'I hate you,' & sharing their good times & their bad."
A. What are mothers? Well, mothers are teachers. Mothers are disciplinarians. Mothers are cleaning ladies. Some mothers are gardeners & mowers of lawns. Mothers are nurses & doctors & psychologists & counselors & chauffeurs & coaches.
Mothers are developers of personalities, molders of vocabularies, & shapers of attitudes. Mothers are soft voices saying, "I love you." And mothers are a link to God, a child's first impression of God's love. Mothers are all these things & much, much more.
ILL. One of my favorite columns by Erma Bombeck told of God in the act of creating mothers. She said that on the day God created mothers He had already worked long overtime. An angel said to Him, "Lord, you sure are spending a lot of time on this one."
The Lord turned & said, "Have you read the specs on this model? She is supposed to be completely washable, but not plastic. She is to have 180 moving parts, all of them replaceable. She is to have a kiss that will heal everything from a broken leg to a broken heart.
“She is to have a lap that will disappear whenever she stands up. She is to be able to function on black coffee & leftovers. And she is supposed to have six pairs of hands." "Six pairs of hands," said the angel, "that's impossible." "It's not the six pairs of hands that bother me," said the Lord, "It's the three pairs of eyes.
"She is supposed to have one pair that sees through closed doors so that whenever she says, 'What are you kids doing in there?' she already knows what they're doing in there."
"She has another pair in the back of her head to see all the things she is not supposed to see but must see. And she has one pair right in front that can look at a child who goofed & communicate love & understanding without saying a word."
"That's too much." said the angel, "You can't put that much in one model. Why don't you rest for a while & resume your creating tomorrow?"
"No, I can't," said the Lord. "I'm close to creating someone very much like myself. I've already come up with a model who can heal herself when she is sick ? who can feed a family of six with one pound of hamburger ? & who can persuade a nine year old to take a shower."
Then the angel looked at the model of motherhood a little more closely & said, "She's too soft." "Oh, but she is tough," said the Lord. "You'd be surprised at how much this mother can do."
"Can she think?" asked the angel. "Not only can she think," said the Lord, "but she can reason & compromise & persuade."
Then the angel reached over & touched her cheek. "This one has a leak," he said. "I told you that you couldn't put that much in one model." "That's not a leak," said the Lord. "That's a tear."
"What's a tear for?" asked the angel. "Well it's for joy, for sadness, for sorrow, for disappointment, for pride." "You're a genius," said the angel. And the Lord said, "Oh, but I didn't put it there."
ILL. Do you remember? Erma Bombeck had God saying as He was creating a mother, "I am close to creating something very much like myself."
B. I suppose that is why today is special ? because we recognize that mother's love is probably the closest example we have to God's love.
It is a love that goes through the valley of the shadow of death to bring life into being. It is a love that sacrifices itself over & over again, & would even dare to lay down its life for its own offspring.
ILL. The story is told ? out of WW 2 & the holocaust that took the lives of millions ? of Solomon Rosenberg & his family. It is a true story.
Solomon Rosenberg & his wife & their 2 sons & his mother & father were arrested & placed in a Nazi concentration camp. It was a labor camp, & the rules were simple. "As long as you can do your work, you are permitted to live. When you become too weak to do your work, then you are exterminated."
Rosenberg watched his mother & father marched off to their deaths, & he knew that next would be his youngest son, David, because David had always been a frail child.
Every evening Rosenberg came back into the barracks after his hours of labor & searched for the faces of his family. When he found them they would huddle together, embrace one another, & thank God for another day of life.
One day Rosenberg came back & didn't see those familiar faces. He finally found his oldest son, Joshua, in a corner, huddled, weeping, & praying. He said, "Josh, tell me it's not true." Joshua turned & said, "It is true, poppa. Today David was not strong enough to do his work. So they came for him."
"But where is your mother?" asked Mr. Rosenberg. "Oh poppa," he said, "When they came for David, he was afraid & he cried. Momma said, 'There is nothing to be afraid of, David,' & she took his hand & went with him."
IT'S NOT EASY BEING A MOTHER
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.
- Ephesians 6:1-3
It's interesting to note that we live in an age where we have established a day where we honor mothers. We have taken something that is basically a religious concept, put a date on it and commercialized it for the purpose of profit. A good example of this sort of thing is Christmas: The birth of Jesus is a documented fact in the Bible but the world has created a festival out of it and made it the engine that drives the economy of ½ the businesses in the world. Honors commerce more than Christ
Mother's Day is the same: To honor one's mother is a commandment from God found in the O.T. ([Ex. 20:12]) as well as in the N.T (Jesus mentions this command in Mt., Mk. and Luke; Paul in [Eph. 6:2]). Society has picked up this theme and turned it into a profitable day of cards and gifts.
I'm not against the idea of a special day for Mom's, I just want you to realize that it wasn't man's idea, man only figured out a way to make money with God's idea. Did you ever wonder why God gave this command (to honor Fathers and Mothers) in the first place? He said to do so would bring blessings on the children but why was the command needed anyways? I believe He did it because of His mercy. He knew that after Adam's sin, it wasn't going to be easy being a mother. Here's why.
1. GIVING BIRTH WAS NOT GOING TO BE EASY
In the perfect world of the Garden of Eden giving birth would have, if we can imagine, been natural, joyful and relatively easy. After the sin of Adam, however, God declared that this process would become very difficult and painful - [Gen. 3:16a]. Woman has been designed by God to conceive and bear children.
Regardless of any other gift or talent a woman may have and develop, the ability to bear children is primary for her as an individual (her biological and psychological make-up are directly tied to this fact regardless of the career she may choose). Whatever ways science can develop to engineer human conception and development - a woman conceiving and giving birth to a child is and will always be a far superior method for human reproduction and social order.
This basic role as life-giver has been, from the beginning, a painful process. Carrying children, bringing them into this world, nursing them to the point of independence is filled with pain and discomfort. Thousand of years and thousands of medical advances later, childbearing remains painful and many times dangerous.
If for no other reason the commandment to honor one's mother was established to acknowledge her pain in giving us life.
It's not easy being a mom because being a mother meant being a wife and...
2. BEING A WIFE WOULD MEAN SUBMISSION TO A MAN
The sin of Adam not only separated man from God but also destroyed the balance in the relationship that existed between man and woman. Before the Fall, God appointed that both the man and the woman rule in cooperation over the creation. Their natures were different but their positions were the same. However after their sin, the weakness of their flesh would cause them to use their different gifts in sinful ways:
- Man would use his natural strength to dominate, to obtain with force what was once granted freely.
- Woman would use her natural complexity to usurp the position once equally granted to her.
For this reason God assigned the role of submission to the woman and the role of struggle to the man - [Genesis 3:16b-19]
It would never be easy being a mother because this role would be tied to the difficult task of submitting one's will to another imperfect human being in order to demonstrate faith in God, establish peace in the home and guarantee social order. We need to honor mothers because they've given their bodies up in order to produce ours and humbled their wills in order to produce what we call family.
3. MOTHERS HAVE TO WATCH THEIR CHILDREN SUFFER AND SOMETIMES DIE
It's bad enough that there is great pain necessary to bring a child into the world but mothers also have to experience the pain that their children feel in their lives as well. One thing I've learned in counseling - there is no medicine or counseling technique that can neutralize that thing inside a mother that enables her to feel what her child feels (sometimes long before and after the child feels it). From the beginning mothers have had to suffer because of what their children did and what was done to their children:
- Eve agonized over the murder of one of her sons by the other.
- Sarah suffered a lifetime because she watched another woman bear the child she wanted and died without seeing a wife for the son she finally had.
- Hagar wept over the danger of death that threatened her only son Ishmael as they were banished from Abraham's household.
- Leah witnessed the rape of her daughter, Dinah, by Shechem.
- Moses' mother had to abandon her child to save his life.
- Samuel's mother gave him up because of an oath.
- Bathsheba watched her child die because of her sin.
- Job's wife experienced the death of all of her children at once.
- And Mary observed her eldest son, Jesus humiliated, tortured and publicly executed by the people He had loved, helped and healed.
There is no greater pain imaginable than for the one who gave you life, to watch you waste the life she gave you or see someone else take that life from you.
Mothers deserve honor because no one experiences the pain and hurts that life brings longer or more deeply than those who bring us into this world and who sometimes experience the heartbreak of having to see us leave as well during their own lifetimes. - Children, honor your father and mother indeed for this is right in the Lord because:
- Giving birth is difficult
- Being a wife is humbling
- Seeing you suffer is painful.
God is so wise in that He created life in such a way that a woman was originally taken out a man and from then on all men were taken out of woman. This beautiful cycle repeats itself in so many ways in our lives. The experience of caring for our children and then having them honor and care for us in old age is good and right in God's sight.
1 Timothy 5:3 - "..honor widows who are widows indeed."
Today we've tried to demonstrate why mothers deserve honor not only on this day but every day for their special role in God's plan for life.
Show the video: A Mother’s Day Prayer
I would like to close our service by offering an invitation to those who see a need in their lives to be right with God.
If you've not confessed Jesus and been baptized, please come now and receive forgiveness in the waters of baptism. If you need to be restored because of sin or unfaithfulness or need to identify yourself and family with this church come now for prayer. If you need prayer to be a better mom or better to your mom come now also.