Summary: How our influence reaches the lives of others
How mothers have influence
The 2nd Sunday of May is celebrated as mother’s day. Its founder was Anna Jarvis who was a teacher in the primary department of St. Andrew Methodist Church in Grafton, W. V. This was a class that her deceased mother had taught. On May 12, 1907 Miss Jarvis passed out carnations to this class in honor of her mother. This how Mother’s Day came into being. I want us to look at some mothers in the Bible that had influence and also reflect how we today have influence much they had.
1. A praying mother has influence like Hannah. This example comes to us in the book of I Samuel. The mother’s name was Hannah. She did not have a child although her husband loved her very much. Her husband had another wife who made fun of Hannah because she had no children. This seemed to be curse of God on women in the Old Testament. Every year they would make a trip to the tabernacle and Peninnah would make fun of her so that she did not even want to eat. The husband did not understand. One year Hannah decided to stay in the tabernacle to pray about this until God would come to her aid. The priest Eli was watching while she was praying. “And she made this vow: "O Lord Almighty, if you will look down upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut." She was so earnest that her lips were moving but no sound was coming out. Eli accused her of being drunk. Have you ever prayed so much that people thought you were drunk? Eph 5:18 “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you.” She was in great anguish and sorrow. Eli the man of God said that God had heard and would grant her request. She believed and went home happy. In the manner of time she had a boy named Samuel. He became one of the greatest men of God in the Bible. Do we influence others by our prayers?
2. A devoted mother has influence like Ruth. This example comes to us fro the book of Ruth. Ruth had married into the family. She was not even of the same race. When she married she changed her life to follow after the religion of her new family. When her mother in law left to go back to her home country Ruth followed leaving her past life and family. She wanted to provide for her mother in law and worked hard. Her devotion to Naomi and God was rewarded in that God brought into her life a man who married her and gave her a son who would give birth to a son who would give birth to a son named David. Her devotion leaves us to ask is my devotion that great to leave all and follow God. That through my life something great will happen to influence the whole world. Did she know because of her devotion she would become one that would bring Christ to others? Do you believe that your devotion is influencing others for Christ?
3. A mother who loves the Word brings influence on others like Mary. This story is found in the Gospels. The woman’s name is Mary. She influenced those around her because she took time to listen to Jesus. She knew He was the Word of God. She took time to sit at His feet and listen to what He said. Jesus even said she had chosen what was good. Because she heard the Word and believed she witnessed the Word in action when she saw Jesus raise her brother from the dead even though he had been dead four days. When we love His word it shows in our lives and we directly influence others as it affects us. Are you known as one who loves the Word? Does your love for the Word influence others?