Greetings precious people. In today’s article I’d like to cover Motherhood, that of being a mother. We’re soon approaching another one of those Hallmark holidays known as Mother’s Day. This is not about Mother’s Day; rather what it is to be a mother according to the Bible. In today’s society the definition of Motherhood has become unclear, a bit foggy. It has been diminished in importance and looked down upon by some as a job for a lower class of people. The Bible, God’s Word, makes no such distinction. It is one of the greatest privileges, responsibilities, and ministries there is. After all, where would we be without our moms? No where, we wouldn’t exist.
Being a good mother today can be a real challenge. There never seems to be enough time in the day. Each day it seems that there are many demands placed upon each waking moment. Unfortunately in our society today, with the divorce rate at about 50% mothers are expected to be both mom and dad and provider. Such a load, God never intended a woman to have to carry.
Motherhood has both joys and sorrows. Childbirth holds a gament of emotions, great pain during the birthing process, yet unexplainable joy when the child is placed in the mother’s arms for the first time. The joys of seeing a child grow, develop, and take on his or her own personality. Then there is the sorrow that is felt when your child becomes sick or injured, how a mother is there for them, to minister day or night. To pick the child up off the ground after they have fallen, brush them off, clean the scrapes, wipe away the tears, hold them, assure them they’ll be alright, then send them back to play.
Then there are those times of great sorrow when a child chooses to go down the wrong path in life. Maybe it is because they began to hang around the wrong crowd or be involved in the wrong things. Whatever the reason, it brings great sorrow because you know the pain and grief that awaits them down the road of life.
Then there are the tragic instances of a child preceding their mother in death. No parent ever expects to have to bury his or her child. I don’t know of any greater sorrow that one must go through than this. Think of what it had to have been like for Mary the mother of Jesus to stand by and watch her son have the nails driven through His hands and feet. John 19:25-27, "Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" Then to stand by and watch her son die such an agonizing death. No language or words could describe such sorrow. The Bible does give a description of the degree of this sorrow. In Luke 2:34-35, Mary is told of what she will experience years later, "Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
The greatest responsibility of motherhood is teaching her child about God. We’re told 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." And in Deuteronomy 6:1-2, "Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged." And Deuteronomy 6:5-7, "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up."
Something must be made clear at this point, God places the majority of the responsibility of raising the children in the way of the Lord upon the father. Though the mother and father are to work together as a team in this endeavor, the majority of the responsibility lies with the father. Unfortunately, many times in our society the father is not around due to divorce, death, or his choice to neglect so important a task. The responsibility then falls upon the mother. Though it may seem overwhelming for the mother that has so much going on, as it is, this aspect of being a mother should be placed at the top of the priority list. If you have any questions on how to implement this into your family, my staff and myself are here to assist you in any way we can.
I would like to conclude with a portion of scripture taken from Proverbs 31 and dedicate this article to my mother who passed away a few weeks ago and my lovely wife Susan who has been a wonderful wife to me and a great mother to our children.
Proverbs 31:10-31, "Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships; She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, Yes; she reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants. Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: "Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all." Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates."
If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail email@example.com
Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine