Summary: The qualities that make a godly mother are also the qualities of godly leaders.
Just Like A Mom
Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister
First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO
Introduction: Moms, this day is for you! We salute you. We honor you. We want every one of you to know that we appreciate you. I trust your husband and children are making this day extra special for you at home. We hope we are also making this a special Sunday for you at church.
Guys sometimes have a hard time knowing what to do on Mother’s Day. Did you hear about the three sons and their three special Mother’s Day gifts? All three sons were grown and out their own. Each had done quite well. They had plenty of money so they each decided to get their mother something special for Mother’s Day.
The next week, the three sons conferred with each other. The discussion turned to the gifts they had each given their elderly mother. The first said, "I built a new condominium for our mother. It cost me $150,000." The second said, “That’s nothing! I leased a brand new Mercedes limousine and hired a driver for her. I am paying $40,000 a year for the next five years." The third smiled, "I’ve got you both beat. You know how Mom enjoys the Bible. Since she can’t see very well, I sent her a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took twenty monks in a monastery twelve years to teach the parrot. In order to get the parrot, I had to pledge $100,000 a year for ten years to the monastery. It was worth every penny. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse. The parrot will recite the passage for her." The other two were impressed!
A few weeks later, Mom sent thank you notes to each of the sons. "Malcolm," she wrote the first son, "the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house." "Marvin," she wrote to another, "I am too old to travel. I stay home all the time, so I never use the Mercedes. Besides the driver is so rude!" Dearest Melvin," she wrote to her third son, "You were the only son with the sense to know what I like. That chicken was delicious." No, it isn’t always easy knowing what to buy mom for Mother’s Day!
I hope you noticed that our text is not really about mothers or Mother’s Day at all. It is not really even about families. The theme of the passage is actually about church leadership. Paul, the apostle and missionary, was defending his motives and methods. Listen to how the chapter starts— “You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else” (2:1-5).