Summary: 1- A mother’s faith 2- A mother’s hope 3- A mother’s love
INTRO.- ILL.- A little boy forgot his lines in a Sunday school presentation. His mother was in the front row to prompt him. She gestured and formed the words silently with her lips, but it did not help. Her son’s memory was blank. Finally, she leaned forward and whispered the cue, "I am the light of the world." The child beamed and with great feeling and a loud clear voice said, "My mother is the light of the world."
A good mother, a good Christian mother is a light in this world. She sheds a lot of light in this world. And on her family as well.
She could most certainly be considered as a light to her family and others if she indeed lived by the light of Christ. I can’t think of anything better than a mother could be to her family than a Christian! When mothers choose Christ as their savior they choose the best, and Christ can make them the best.
ILL.- Thankful For Old-Fashioned Mother
She was just an old-fashioned mother,
She did not pretend to be “smart.”
To care for her home and her dear ones
Was the wish that was first in her heart.
We were raised by the old-fashioned rules,
so sparsely employed today.
And when we so richly deserved it,
We were spanked in the old-fashioned way.
“A good name is far better,” she’d say
“Than all of the wealth of the nation,
And truth is best any day.”
She believed in the old-fashioned Bible,
She trusted in old-fashioned prayer;
She told us that Jesus would hear us
If we’d speak any time, anywhere.
Thank God for an old-fashioned mother,
For the Bible and old-fashioned prayer;
For the old-fashioned faith that is looking
For our Lord to appear in the air.
I Cor. 13:13 “And now abideth faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.” Not only are these the greatest virtues but they could also be the greatest virtues of a mother!
PROP.- All these apply to a mother.
1- A mother’s faith
2- A mother’s hope
3- A mother’s love
I. A MOTHER’S FAITH
ILL.- I love the story about Dr./preacher G. Campbell Morgan who had 4 sons and they were all preachers. Someone once came into the room when all the family was there. They thought they would see what Howard, one of the sons, was made of so they asked him this question: "Howard, who is the greatest preacher in your family?"
Howard had a great admiration for his father and he looked straight across at him and then without a moments hesitation he answered, "Mother."
All mothers do a certain amount of preaching. Amen? Haven’t you been preached to by your mother at some time in life? Some mothers are always preaching to their kids about something: about going to church, raising the grandkids, doing this or that, etc. PREACH ON, MOTHERS!
II Timothy 1:5 “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”
I am reminded of your sincere faith which lived in your mother Eunice and now lives in you. TIMOTHY GOT SOMETHING GOOD FROM HIS MOTHER! He apparently got some of his faith in Christ from his mother. Should that surprise us? If a mother’s faith in Christ is important to her she is bound to pass it on to her children.
ILL.- I don’t remember my mother ever talking to me about Jesus when I was kid but I wish she had. I do remember that she took us to Sunday School and church. She also encouraged us to go to the Sunday night youth meetings.
All I know is I am so thankful for having been raised in a church that believed in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of the world.
I also remember mother’s example of being baptized. I am glad that I still have picture memory implanted in my mind, because obedience to Christ in baptism is an important matter.
All moms and dads need to give their children that godly example of obedience. IF WE DON’T HOW WE CAN EXPECT OUR CHILDREN TO OBEY CHRIST?
Psalm 22:10 “From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.”
Psalm 71:6 “From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.”
ILL.- Four ministers were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked the King James Version best because of its simple, beautiful English. Another liked the New Century Version best because of its modern language. The third preacher liked the Living Bible even better since it is paraphrased.