Friday, May 8, 2015

Motherhood and the Good News.

My mother and I at my 50th birthday party.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day. It will be a unique day for Carol and I because this will be her first Mother’s Day without her mother. So Mother’s Day for Carol will be a day for grieving and memories. Also, all of our kids are adults now and live away. So celebrating this day is unfortunately downgraded to a text, a phone call, or – if it works out – a Facetime/Skype chat.
I will invite my mother to worship at New Beginnings this Sunday so we can be together and then we can take her out to lunch after the morning services. I see my mother almost every week and talk to her on the phone every day. So, since lunch with her son will be rather typical, we will throw in a card and a gift.
My mother and I riding tandem at Labor Day vacation.

But in an effort honor all mothers this weekend, let me tell you what I mean when I say, “Motherhood is like the Good News.” If you attend New Beginnings Church very often you know about the Gospel. The Gospel when interpreted from the Greek, means “Good News!” As a Gospel-driven and Gospel-focused people, we intentionally look for hints, signs, and reminders of the Good News of Jesus. Motherhood gives us a several hints, signs, and reminders of the Gospel.

  • Mothers give birth to their children, in the Gospel you are born again spiritual (Genesis 3:16; John 3:7). They literally lay their own lives to give birth to their babies.
  • Mothers feed their children so that they can be nourished like God feed His children spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 1 Corinthian 3:2). It seems as if breastfeeding can be the only thing that brings peace and rest to a nursing child who is crying.
  • Mothers care for their children like God cares for His children (Isaiah 66:13; Mark 6:34). Moms are always rocking, walking, snuggling, humming, their babies to sleep. Changing diapers, dressing, feeding, cheering, patting, encouraging their kids as often as needed.
  • Mothers love for there children is strong and faithful Like God’s love is for His children (John 19:25; 1 John 4:7-10). How many of us have seen or been embarrassed by a mother who stepped over the proverbial line to defend her child? It is nothing for a mother to scream at an umpire, nag to a school principle, brag to or blame a coach, to direct the future success of their child.
  • Mothers love their kids even when their kids are difficult to love (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-10). The teenage years – eye rolling, sneaking out, defiant attitudes, messy rooms, smart mouths – are a perfect example of how mothers love even when their kids are difficult to love.
  • Mothers love their kids sacrificially like God loves His children sacrificially (John 15:13; Romans 5:8; 1 John 3:16 ; ). Mothers spend many sleepless nights comforting kids with upset stomachs and teenagers who defiantly break curfews. They often give of themselves freely and fully.
Selfie at Mother's Day lunch last year.

Motherhood can be a very complex and difficult issue. Being a mother is not for the faint of heart. It is exhausting, thankless, costly, and unending. Many wish to become mothers, despite the challenges, and can not get pregnant. Mother's Day is especially difficult for them. Also, not every person has had a healthy mother relationship. Finally, in a sin soaked and wicked world, there are mothers who neglect, who abuse, and who harmfully over-protect their children. But there is grace and consequently Gospel for these hard issues as well.The Gospel tell us that Jesus died to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; Luke 19:10; John 1:29). He is the Redeemer Who transforms us by God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7; Acts 3:19). There is no difficulty too hard, no issue too complex, no relationship too broken that cannot be redeemed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t deserve to pay sin’s penalty, but because of His deep love for us sinners, he did anyway (1 Peter 2:21-22; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
The Gospel is awe-inspiring (Romans 1:16-17) Celebrate your mother this Mother’s Day by embracing the Gospel of Jesus!
Dr. Phil Sallee, Pastor

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