Summary: Based on Luke 1:26-38 - Encourages mothers (& others) to consider the implications of Mary's call for our lives today.
“CALLED TO BE A MOM” Luke 1:26-38
FBCF – 5/8/22
INTRO – Moms have some funny & interesting interactions w/ their kids:
A mom of 3 bad kids was asked whether or not she'd have children if she had it to do over again. "Yes, just not the same ones."
Pastor Bill called to his first church. Wife found out they were going to have their 3rd child. Several wks later, going through clothes, many of which no longer fit. 5 yr-old son watching her. Asked, “Mom, now that you’re going to have a baby, are going to have to wear ‘eternity’ clothes?” Probably seems like it sometimes!
Little boy attending his first wedding. After it was over, his mother asked him, “Son, do you know how many women a man is allowed to marry?” Boy: “16.” “What do you mean, 16?” “It’s easy. Just add it up like the preacher said: 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer.”
Mom put her 4 yr-old son to bed the night before his 5th bday. Told him, “Son, this is the last night of your 4th year. You understand that?” He held up 4 fingers, just as he had all yr long when someone would ask him how old he was. Mom nodded & said, “When you go to sleep tonight, you’ll still be 4 yrs old. But do you know what you’ll be when you wake up in the morning?” Added his thumb to his 4 fingers & enthusiastically said, “Tomorrow, I’ll be a handful!”
For all you moms who’ve had your hands full, we celebrate you today on this Mother’s Day! Whether you’re called Mom, Mama, or Mother, this is your day & we are so thankful for you.
The Bible has so many great teachings & principles for mothers, for parents, & grandparents. There are those here today who have a stable nuclear family w/ a mother, a father, & kids. There are single moms here today who are doing this job alone. There are those here who will one day be a mother. There are new moms here who are still wondering if they will ever get a full night of sleep again in their life (Spoiler alert: You won’t!); moms who are chasing kids all over the country in tournaments, competitions, recitals, & pageants; mothers whose kids are grown & out of the house; moms who are estranged from their children & children estranged from their moms. We also recognize that there are those here today who can’t have children & struggle hard to make it through this day. There are women here who have lost children through accidents or diseases, & those who have suffered the trauma of miscarriage & abortion. And there are also many here today who no longer have their mama w/ them, & that makes this day tough, too. And ALL of you are loved by God!
I’d like to pray for all of you right now. So would all the girls & ladies please stand right now.
EXPLANATION – Luke 1:26-38
Different callings of different people to do different things in the Bible:
- Noah – Called to build the ark (Genesis 6:14)
- Abraham – Called to be the father of the children of Israel & the father of all who would inherit eternal life (Genesis 22:17-18)
- Moses – Called to lead God’s people out of Egypt (Exodus 3)
- Samuel – Called as a child to serve the Lord: “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10)
- Isaiah – Called to be a great prophet of God – Isaiah 6:8 – “Whom shall I send, & who will go for us?...Here I am! Send me.”
- Paul – Called to follow Christ on the Road to Damascus (Acts 9)
- Ananias – Acts 9:10 – Called to lay his hands on Paul & set him apart to serve the Lord
- Mary – Luke 1 – Called to be the earthly mother of Jesus
What do all of these callings have in common?
- All distinctly from God
- Each one a definite assignment
- These callings directly affected the course of life of those called
- Those called were completely dependent upon God’s power to carry it out
APPLICATION – The calling to be a mom is a life-changing calling.
Idealized images of motherhood are inaccurate, & even the Scriptures bear this out:
- Ruth was left childless & widowed at a young age
- Rachel, Hannah, & Sarah were infertile
- Eve & Mary both lost sons under terrible circumstances
- The Prodigal Son showed terrible disrespect to his parents
There’s not a “one size fits all” journey of womanhood & motherhood. But there are some life-changing aspects of Mary’s calling that apply to all of us here today, especially mothers: