Mother’s Day was Sunday. If you have a mom, please treat her special and especially on Sunday.
A teacher had just given her second-grade class a lesson on magnets. Now came the question session. She asked the class, “My name starts with an M and I pick up things. What am I?” A little boy shot up his hand and said, “You are a mother.” (author unknown)
There is a great deal of pressure on Moms today. It’s a tough job. She is expected to have a successful career, raise perfect children, keep the chickens fed, the eggs gathered and the garden picked. She tries to keep the house spotless, the laundry done, cook three meals and look like she just finished modeling in New York City. Oh look, I failed to mention charming.
You Dads out there, we better appreciate the mother of our children, and appreciate your own mom, too.
Moms have a great deal of pressure on them these days, but it is really nothing new. Eve was blamed for the original sin. She was the first mother and one of her sons murdered his brother.
Hagar, Abraham’s handmaiden, had a son by him. She was sent away by Abraham with her boy, Ishmael — and they almost died in the desert.
Jochebed was the mother of Moses. The Egyptians were killing all male Hebrew babies to curb a population problem; so she placed Moses in a basket and let the baby loose on the river trusting that he would be found and saved.
And there was Mary. Her firstborn child, the Son of God, was born in a barn. She had to flee to Egypt to escape Herod’s wrath. At 12, Jesus was missing; they had accidentally left him behind. And there were certain Jewish leaders who wanted her son dead. And there was his trial and crucifixion. He was put in a grave for three days, but he arose. Awesome.
Please find your Bible and look up and read Matthew 15:21-28.
A Mother had a daughter who was demon-possessed. We don’t know much else about her. But she had faith that Jesus could heal her daughter. Look at what Jesus tells her, in verse 28: “Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.
This was interesting because she was a Gentile Canaanite woman. She was not of the house of Israel. But she had faith.
Mama’s faith was great. And Jesus healed her daughter.
Because of her faith she was willing to break through whatever barriers were holding her back.
She had a great need to help her child. It was evident that she loved her child. And she saw that Jesus had a compassion that through her faith would cause him to respond to her daughter’s condition.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”
This Mom persisted on behalf of her daughter, and it brought about his praise. She knew her child needed Jesus.
She could have given up. We see in the scripture there were at least three things that could have caused her to give up. At first, Jesus was silent, She wasn’t Jewish, and she made no claim to have earned what Jesus had to offer. She relied fully on the grace of Jesus.
Moms, it is important to have great faith in Christ. This also applies to dads and the children.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Choose Jesus and choose life. Find a church where you “fit in” and serve him and grow in Christ. See y’all at church and keep prayin’ for his harvest. Amen
Reach Wes Kinder at 580-585-3443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.