This past weekend was a big weekend for so many people. May 8, 2011 marked the day that we all celebrated our mothers, celebrated being a mom, and essentially gave lip service to the fact that none of us would be here without the womb of a woman. Not all moms are created equal. There are single moms, married moms, step moms, adoptive moms, young moms, old moms, widowed moms, and divorced moms. There are skinny moms and not so skinny moms. There are attractive moms and not so attractive moms. Regardless of which category that mom falls in, the fact remains, she is perfection to her family. Proverbs 31:28 “Her children rise and call her blessed.” Even if your children are too young to speak and verbalize their appreciation of mom, it’s those little actions that speak louder than words.
The Bridge Church celebrated moms this weekend with a message I gave “Will the real mom please stand up?” In this message we discovered 3 things.
1) There is no such thing as a perfect mom
2) God has answers for a mother’s problems
3) There is nothing like a mother’s love
God has equipped and empowered women in their femininity and characteristics to live out a sincere faith that will have a ripple effect for generations. You, mom, have the ability to influence countless generations and God has an amazing journey outlined for you. If you have an active, visible connection between your beliefs and your everyday living, you will keep the flame of the gift of God stirred in you and nurtured. It is time for women to understand that a spirit of timidity is not what God has called us to. Too often we have misappropriated the scriptural requirement for submission to authority and our husbands and have used it as an excuse to be a wall flower.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”
It is not piety before God to let your emotions dictate your life and destiny. It is not piety before God to sit without action and let your role as mother and wife sideline you from the work of the ministry. God has given mothers that spirit of love and sacrifice so that you can use it in his kingdom to fulfill your calling and destiny. Churches need nurturers. Churches need people marked by sacrifice. Churches need servant’s hearts. Churches need teachers. Churches need mothers. All good mothers have these characteristics. The church as the bride of Christ is essentially the mother of the people on this earth. It is time we recognize the power that we have in our femininity and in our role of mother to fill roles in the Kingdom of God.
Your life can be marked by explosive, influential power and by a disciplined mind that is not deceived by the temporal circumstances of life. What God is accomplishing in us, he wants to see passed on through us. The power of your legacy potential is exponential.
At the Bridge Church we embrace all kinds of moms. Single, divorced, widowed, step moms and anything else you can name. We are not a church of June Cleavers, but a church marked by a passion to change our world.
2 Timothy 1:5 “ I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuade, now lives in you also.