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Happy Mother’s Day

May,8 2016

Today is Mother’s Day. It is the one day each year that we men put aside to honor our mothers and the mothers of our children. And for the church our mother, mother of the church is Ever Virgin Mary, we ask her to remember us and pray for us, as her spiritual children we wish her a happy Mother’s Day. And wish it for every mother on this earth,

We can recognize the love of mother in Holy Bible:

This is Mother’s Day. In EXODUS 20:12, we are given a commandment.
‘Honor you father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.’

It says to honor your mother. You might say that your mother doesn’t deserve to be honored. Well, the commandment from God didn’t say anything about your mother’s qualifications to be honored, it just says you are to honor her.

In PROVERBS 22:6, we are given some clear advice, but is it really that important to a child to be brought up spiritually sound in Jesus Christ?

In 2 TIMOTHY 1:5
Paul reminds us of Timothy’s parental influence “when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”

Timothy had sincere faith, and he had that faith because of his grandmother and mother. Surely a mother helps form our spirit, and if she is a Godly mother, she will be the first introduction we have to our Lord.

Mothers are also protectors of their children, no matter how old her children may get. Mrs. Zebedee was the mother of James and John, and like any mother, she wanted only the very best for her sons.

Jesus gave us an illustration in MATTHEW about a landowner, who hired some helpers, and no matter how long they worked for him, they all got paid the same wages. This may have caused Mrs. Zebedee to worry about what kind of reward her sons were going to get in Heaven, so she found a time to ask Jesus about it.

In MATTHEW 20:20-23, we read,
“Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked.
She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”
“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”
“We can,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

Mrs. Zebedee was certain that when the Lord formed His kingdom, her boys would have positions of responsibility and authority. After all, the human way is to reward the best worker with the highest reward.

Jesus did not grant her request, but He did not deny it either. He simply reminded her of the cost of being seated on the right or left, and then told her that only the Father knows such things.

This morning, let’s look at what Mrs. Zebedee did for her sons, and compare that with what you, as a mother, might be doing (or have done) for your children.

The first thing we will see is she prayed for her sons to be …

‘What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?…. “

Being a parent is not always easy. It is a job full of deep responsibilities and I think Mrs. Zebedee carried her responsibilities well. She prayed that her sons would be a part of God’s Heavenly kingdom. I think all parents should pray the same prayer for their children – and this includes the fathers as well as the mothers. And we should do this for our children no matter what their ages.

I hope that in the heart of every mother and father here this morning, there is a burden to go before the throne of God in prayer for your children - to pray they will be saved, saved from eternal damnation, and saved for eternal life.

Mrs. Zebedee prayed that her sons would be a part of God’s kingdom, and she prayed that they would be …

We must remember that we are all called to be of service to the Lord, and I think that service should begin in the home. It should begin with moms and dads going in prayer, and then including the children in those prayers, too.

It begins with parents setting the Godly example of how to live and how to serve the Lord. It begins when parents pray that their sons and daughters might be involved in the work of the kingdom.

It begins when parents pray that their children are not only a part of the kingdom, but are involved in the work of the kingdom.

Mrs. Zebedee prayed that her children would be actively involved in the work of His kingdom. And, as parents today, we need to walk in her footsteps. We need to follow her example in …

Mrs. Zebedee had big expectations, can’t we? She did not just pray that her children would be doorkeepers or such. She wanted them to sit on the throne, on either side of Jesus.

Too often, we have a tendency to settle for mediocrity in our lives and in the church. Too often, we settle for aiming just about two feet inside the door. Too many Christians have been content to just sit back and let things happen around us instead of our getting up and making things happen for us.

As a good mother, she was looking out for her children’s best interest. She wanted her boys to be the most they could be.

I think we should start looking for more in our Christian walks, too. Jesus called us to be doers of the word, not just hearers only. And one of the best ways to do God’s holy and righteous word is to be a person of humble prayer.

Happy Mother’s Day

For laugh
I am reminded of the story where a man came home after work and his wife started telling him just how hard a day it had been. She said that both of their small children had taken turns throwing tantrums and that both had even taken turns getting sick during the day. She said she had not had one moment of peace all day, and as she was saying this, both babies got sick at the same time. She looked at her husband and in deep frustration said, “Is this in my contract?”


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