A prayer a son remembered that his mother prayed for him when he was a child almost everyday, “God help me if you ever do that again.”
1) Our mothers gave us physical life at great risk of their own lives through the child-birth process. They, first of all carried us nine months with much discomforts and dangers such as high blood pressure. They stayed up with us all night when we were sick and cooled our fevered brow. They rushed us to emergency rooms. They have made great physical sacrifices for us.
2) Our mothers, also, have made great emotional sacrifices for us. When we hurt they hurt. Our disappointments are their disappointments. When children do wrong and hurt because of their wrong, their godly mothers hurt worse.
3) Our mothers have made great finanical sacrifices for us. They supported us when we were home and still helped after we left until we got our feet on the ground.
First, There is the Spiritual Influence of a Mentor (2 Timothy 1:2) See Part 1
Next, There is the Spiritual Influence of a Mother and Grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5) See Part 1
A. Mothers protects us spiritually
Paul commends the saving faith that was in Timothy but also says that saving faith was first in his mother Lois. Paul adds that the way Timothy’s mother influenced him to have saving faith in Christ was through exposing him to the Word (2 Timothy 3).
1. In chapter 3, Paul is describing the dangerous last days in which you and I are living (3:1-13). Paul lists 19 characteristics of the spiritually dangerous last days in which we live for God.
2. The remedy for living in the spiritually dangerous last days is the Word of God. Timothy’s mom exposed Timothy to the Word from his childhood (3:14-17).
My Mom exposed me to the Word of God when I was growing up. When I was younger I did not appreciate it. I even resented it at times. I had to go to Sunday school, youth meetings, and all of the services. On top of all that, she persisted in reading God’s Word to us boys at night. I will never forget her reading the story of Oliver B. Greene’s conversion. All that exposure prepared me for my conversion.
B. Mothers prepare us for the gospel
In Acts 14, Paul on his first missionary journey went to a small town called Lystra where Timothy lived and most likely was very bored as a teenager. In Lystra were not the required ten Jewish families to establish a synagogue. Paul healed a man who had been unable to walk since birth. That miracle must have gotten the attention of the entire small town including Timothy. Then later the fickle crowd dragged Paul outside of town, stoned him and left him for dead. Timothy saw Paul get back up and go back into town and fearlessly preach the gospel again to his would be murders. This is most likely when Timothy got saved and became Paul’s son in the faith. Two chapters and five years later Paul goes back to Lystra in Acts 16 on his second missionary journey. Timothy has grown so much that Paul added him to their missionary team.
Timothy got saved, later joined a missionary team, and even later pastored churches having come from a less than ideal home less. His dad was most likely unsaved according to Acts 16:1-3. The unsaved dad would not allow his son to be circumcised. Our backgrounds do not have to hinder us from being saved or serving the Lord with all of our hearts. When we stand before God, we will not give an account of our less than perfect parents but of personal responsibility to God.
Because Mom exposed me to the Word, when my pastor preached, God used His Word in my life. And then when we had revival services with evangelist Bill Stafford, I got saved. Most of the credit should go to Mom who faithfully exposed me to God’s Word. She planted the seed of God’s Word, others watered but God gave the increase.
Isaiah 66:13 says that God created mothers like himself: “As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you.”
1. Just like God our mothers gave us life. Our mothers gave us physical life; God gave us spiritual life when we trusted Christ as our Savior.
2. Just like God our mothers love us. Our mothers loved when we were unlovable and unlovely. When we were disobedient and disrespectful. God loved us unconditionally when we were His enemy.
3. Just like God our mothers sacrificed for us. Our mothers have made physical, emotional and finanical sacrifices for us. God has made the ultimate sacrifice for us when He sacrificed His sinless Son for us on the cross. When He made him sin who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God.
4. Just like God our mothers deserve our praise. Today we praise God for our mothers who have been used by God to bring us to Him self.
Resources for Mother’s Day
Sermons by Stephen Davey: Portraits of Mom
John MacArthur’s articles on Mothers
Sermons by John Piper on Mothers