The Majesty of Motherhood
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all."
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates. (NKJ)
I am sure that there are times when this phrase sounds almost silly to most mothers. When they are trying to get the kids to bed and she is chasing them from one thing to another. For there is no job that can rise so high and yet reach so low. All the way from changing dirty diapers to being art critic for a 3 year old.
I once saw a list of the duties of motherhood that went on for many lines. She is head of the sanitization department, and yet a nurse and doctor. She repairs broken toys, broken hearts, broken relationships. She is the local referee, guidance counselor, coach, and hand inspector.
But she also has the place of shaping lives. More and more studies turn up showing how important the first six years of life are. Many times a man or women is either made or destroyed in those early years. Therefore motherhood is one of the most complex and exacting callings in life.
Where can a woman find help for these trying and difficult responsibilities. Ps 121:1-2 I will lift up my eyes to the hills-- from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (NKJ)
There is also something built in to mothers that God put there. God made us in His image. It says that He made us male and female. And although God is our father, regardless of what the feminists say, yet He has the heart of a mother. Isa 66:13 "As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem." (NAS) When I was a child I don’t remember going to my dad for comfort. It was mother who knew how to make it better, and could calm any of us children. There is part of a mother that God put there, that’s the only explanation.
I. Mothers fulfill the role similar to that of the Holy Spirit
A. When Jesus told his disciples that He was going away, He promised them that the Holy Spirit would come.
1. The Holy Spirit is called the comforter in John 14:16-18
2. "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever– "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. "I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (NKJ)
B. Do you see how that the Holy Spirit was sent so that we would not be orphans.
1. So a mother is to care for her children in the same way God’s Holy Spirit cares for us.
C. Isn’t it interesting that when a person undergoes the spiritual re-birth that it is called a birth of the Spirit. John 3:5, 6
1. And this Holy Spirit that brings us spiritual life is also the one who we come to for comfort, teaching, and guidance, just as a young child depends on it mother.
D. Therefore, mothers, if you want to know how you ought to mother, take some lessons from the Holy Spirit.
1. First of all the Holy Spirit does not usurp the responsibilities of the Father nor the Son.
2. The Holy Spirit takes a submissive role.
a. Just as the Son was submissive to the will of the Father in everything, so is the Holy Spirit.
b. He does not speak of Himself.
c. He is sent by the Son and the Father
3. Now I know that is not popular today.
a. But what if a ship had two captains and they each had there own ideas of how the ship was to be run.
b. Or think of a plane. There are two pilots but only one can fly the plane at a time. And it would never work if one wanted to go to Chicago and the other St. Louis.
c. One would ultimately have to win out or they would crash for lack of fuel.
II. The second thing about the Holy Spirit that the mother is to imitate is the meaning of the word Jesus used to describe the Holy Spirit.
A. Comforter, one called along side to help.
1. She has the blessed position of shaping young lives by helping and encouraging them.
a. It makes a big difference what we encourage our children with.
b. Mothers can encourage their children to be responsible and active or they can encourage them to think the world owes them a living and that everyone around them is only here for them.
2. Paul gives us some insight on how mothers are to acts in 1 Thess. 2:7-8
a. But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. (NKJ)
b. Notice Paul says we were gentile, like a mother nursing a young child.
c. The word cherishes here literally means “to keep warm” and has the idea of a mother pressing a infant close to herself, protecting him from danger, soothing his hurts and easing his pain.
d. He says we were affectionate toward you.
e. Willing to impart to you our own lives.
f. Because you were dear to us.
B. God has given mothers a wonderful position.
1. They reform society with each new generation.
2. Maybe that is the problem with this generation.
3. Mothers have given up their God designed roles for another.
a. Some times this is necessary for the family.
b. But I have seen some mothers who wanted out of the house and away from their children.
C. God’s plan does not mean that mothers are not able to other things, it means that for a woman, there is no higher calling than motherhood .
1. I had a woman in the office this week who was here for financial assistance. She has several children all young. I asked her what she could tell me about being a mother. She began to tell me about the children. She seemed to know the peculiarities of each one. She went from child to child describing each one with great detail. Then she moved on to tell how each one interacts with her and their siblings.
2. I was amazed. I wondered about my own mother, if she would sit around and tell others how here children were. It was then that I realized how well my mother must have know me.
A child’s mind is like a video tape recorder, carefully transcribing every word, right down to the tone of voice and facial expression. And all of it contributes to the person he will become. Some psychologists say his emotional pattern is set by the time he is two years old. That should be a sobering realization to mothers, and a challenge to examine carefully their attitudes and temperament. Richard L. Strauss