Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Motherhood: Participation in God’s plan.
Women, like men, are created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). Women play prominent roles in many key biblical narratives. They have a unique and vital role in child-bearing and nurturing. Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servant hood, as it involves unconditional love, self-sacrifice, unselfishness, faithfulness and so on.
Think of some of the great men of the Bible such as Moses, Samuel and Timothy whose lives were influenced by their spirit-led mothers. Think of St. Augustine, the zealous John Wesley and Charles Wesley. Their names may never have lighted the pages of history, had it not been the blessed influence of godly mothers. What a tragedy to neglect the counsel of a godly mother. ‘A thousand men may build a city, but it takes a mother to make a home’. Writing to Timothy , St. Paul says ‘I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grand-mother Lois and in your mother Eunice and , I am persuaded now lives in you also. (2 Timothy 1:5).
We have so many examples of mothers in the Bible. Mary, mother of Jesus is a good example of motherhood. She stands out above all others as the most blessed, most highly favored by God. Her motherhood is significant, as she surrendered unconditionally to the will of God (Luke 1:38). Mary’s song of praise is filled with Messianic hope, spiritual language and references to the Abrahamic Covenant (Luke 1:46-55). It is clear that Mary’s young heart and mind were already thoroughly saturated with the Word of God. She praised the glory and majesty of God while repeatedly acknowledging her own lowliness. She took no credit for anything good in herself. It reflects the simple spirit of humility that colored all her life and character. She was clearly a woman of dignified grace and courage. Mary quietly watched her son die when others were screaming and insulting Him. The pain of Mary’s anguish is unimaginable. The words of Simon came true “And a sword will pierce your own soul too” (Luke 2:35). She stood silently near to the cross. Mary seemed to understand that her steadfast presence at Jesus’s side was only a kind of support she could give Him at this dreaded moment. Jesus while dying on the cross, remembered His mother and called her by her name and entrusted the disciple John to take care of her (John 19:26-27).
Motherhood is a calling. Mothers have significant role in God’s plan to bring the children up in such a way that they should come to believe Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for the great gift of motherhood. We remember the blessed lives of our mothers and grandmothers. Enable us to trust and serve the Lord they worshiped.
Thought for the Day: “God has conferred on motherhood true nobility, and she who gladly fills that role can shape the child’s destiny.”
Rev. P.A. Abraham, MTC Philadelphia.
Theme of the week
Theme of the week: Motherhood: Participation in God's plan