This Sunday is Mother’s Day. This special occasion serves as an important reminder concerning the importance and influence of motherhood. As we look back in history, it is clear that we all come from a long line of mums. Sadly, the value of this great status is undervalued by many.
One of the problems with the feminist movement of today is that it tries to argue that there is nothing uniquely special about women. It attempts to make an equality of male and female in all functions and roles. On the contrary, the Scriptures reveal that there is something unique and precious about being a woman – and it is not found by denying her femininity. Of course, this does not suggest that one gender is superior in intellect and understanding. Both male and female have the capacity to honour the Lord in the most extraordinary of ways. Instead of being deceived, a woman can be truly liberated by embracing the truest kind of beauty that is uniquely found in biblical femininity. There is something very precious about a woman being a woman and this is freeing. One unique feature of being a woman is the possibility of being a mother.
A godly mother is a precious and priceless gift of God. A godly mum has the potential to shape the way people speak, behave and even influence others. What makes a mother influential in a lasting and God honouring way is not her position, education, personality or background. The basis of her lasting influence is her character ().
Motherhood is Precious
Motherhood is a calling designed and defined by God. For this reason, there is an inbuilt value in motherhood. Despite deliberate decisions to delay motherhood, or even society’s attempt to undervalue motherhood, true motherhood is of immense value and worth. If you are a mum, prize this calling and opportunity. Understand that there is a certain dignity attached to this and that you have something of far more value than the accumulating of power, prominence and possessions. You are a mum!
Let this be a reminder to all of us that we ought to value mums and acknowledge how precious their status is. Thank God for the gift of motherhood and pray for the mums you know. It should be an automatic part of one’s thinking that equates motherhood with value, worth and importance.
Motherhood is Powerful
Motherhood is not only precious, it is powerful. In what way? A mother is granted a unique and influential role in the home. A godly mother will not view the home as a place of little or secondary importance (). Instead, she will view the home as a domain of love, joy, training and influence. Her task as a mum is to love () and instruct her children in the Lord ().
Consider Lois and Eunice as an example. Lois was the grandmother of Timothy and Eunice was his mum (). These two ladies had a powerful influence on the ministry of the church! It was by their actions of faithfully teaching young Timothy in the way of the Lord that prepared him for his future ministry (). There are untold examples of how the godly influence of a mother shaped and equipped the life of many believers.
Motherhood is an amazing privilege. I thank God for mums and pray that mums will know the importance of functioning according to God’s blueprint for His glory.
10 An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
14:1 The wisest of women builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.
4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
20 My son, keep your father’s commandment,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.