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Summary: The acts of mother’s have pointed to the truth that man and woman were made in the image of God and the sacrificial nature of mothers for their families reflects the sacrificial love God has for the world.

The Acts of Mothers

Skit: Brian and Angie on the acts of Mothers

A Video of different people telling what they appreciate about their mothers from New Life Community Church.

On the lighter side of life:

"The hand that rocks the cradle usually is attached to someone who isn’t getting enough sleep."- John Fiebig

"I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids."- Unknown

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." - Bits and Pieces, 1989

A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: "My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I?" When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word Mother- Unknown

Thesis: The acts of mother’s have pointed to the truth that man and woman were made in the image of God and the sacrificial nature of mothers for their families reflects the sacrificial love God has for the world.

Video Illustration: From Blue Fish TV “mother’s day” So what do mother’s do?

Introduction:

Here is a light hearted presentation of what we all think about our moms, at different points in our lives. Don’t be too shocked moms and kid’s because we all have the same tendencies.

4 Years Of Age - My Mommy can do anything;

8 Years Of Age - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot

12 Years Of Age -My Mother doesn’t really know quite everything.

14 Years Of Age -Naturally, Mother doesn’t know that, either

16 Years Of Age -Mother? She’s hopelessly old-fashioned

18 Years Of Age -That old woman? She’s way out of date

25 Years Of Age -Well, she might know a little bit about it

35 Years Of Age -Before we decide, let’s get Mom’s opinion

45 Years Of Age -Wonder what Mom would have thought about it

65 Years Of Age -Wish, I could talk it over with Mom

The truth is we all learn to appreciate our moms and to acknowledge their vital influence in our lives. The Bible tells us that we are to honor our mothers and the Bible is also very clear in referencing the importance of motherhood and the many acts that mothers perform on a daily basis for their children and their families. These actions need to be acknowledged and honored by others so that mothers will be encouraged to press on in their God given roles.

From Holman Bible Dictionary

The Bible refers to every aspect of motherhood: conception (Gen. 4:1; Luke 1:24); pregnancy (2 Sam. 11:5; Luke 1:24); the pain of childbirth (Gen. 3:16; John 16:21); and nursing (1 Sam. 1:23; Matt. 24:19)…The Book of Proverbs (see 1:8; 31:1) indicates that even in ancient times mothers shared with fathers the responsibility for instructing and disciplining children. Mothers have the same right to obedience and respect as fathers (Ex. 20:12; Lev. 19:3)… Jesus enforced the Fifth Commandment and protected it against scribal evasion (Matt. 15:3-6). Motherly virtues are often extolled in Scripture: compassion for children (Isa. 49:15), comfort of children (Isa. 66:13), and sorrow for children (Jer. 31:15, quoted in Matt. 2:18). ..The fact that God would use a human mother to bring His Son into the world has bestowed upon motherhood its greatest honor. Jesus set an example for all to follow by the provision He made for His mother (John 19:25-27). Jesus made it plain, however, that devotion to God must take precedence to that of a mother (Matt. 12:46-50). Even the Old Testament (Gen. 2:24) indicated that a man’s devotion to his wife supersedes that to his mother (James A. Brooks).

The selfless acts of love performed daily by most mother’s reflects how they were created in the image of God and it reveals to this world that God himself loves and sacrifices like a mom does. The truth is mom’s sacrificial acts for her family and children reflect and point to a character trait of God that many fail to recognize. I know that God created male and female different and he designed them both to fulfill specific roles. But he made two people to represent all that He is. Men reflect one dimension of God and women reflect another dimension of God and it takes both of them together to get a true glimpse of the nature of God himself. Listen to what it says in Genesis 1:26-28: 26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

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