Summary: Mary’s faith and devotion to God is an example to Christian mothers today.
Today, as you know, is Mother’s Day; a day set apart to honor Mothers and Motherhood. Why mention Mother’s Day in church? After all, it’s not a religious holiday. Mother’s Day was created by the state, not the church. Since 1914, the President has made an official proclamation every year encouraging all Americans to honor their mothers on the second Sunday of May.
But although Mother’s Day is not a Christian holiday, it is certainly appropriate for us as Christians to honor Mothers. Motherhood was created by God. It is a part of His creation. And those women who serve God by bearing and caring for children, who faithfully and humbly and lovingly fulfill the role of Mother deserve our honor and respect. And so we are glad to take this opportunity to publicly recognize them for their faithful service to God.
This morning, I’d like to develop the idea of Motherhood as an act of faith. Because properly understood, Motherhood is not merely a personal or family obligation. And as necessary and beneficial as Mothers obviously are to society, it isn’t merely a social function. For the Christian mother, her work is an act of worship and devotion to God. As an example of Motherhood, we’ll consider Mary, the mother of Jesus.
First, note that God doesn’t offer Mary a choice. He doesn’t try to "sell" Mary on the idea, but presents it as an established fact, "This is what is going to happen."
"You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus."
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you."
We like to have choices, don’t we? We like to have control over our own destinies, we like to have a say in any decisions that affect us. In fact, we don’t just like to have choices, we expect to have choices, we demand and insist that we have choices.
Part of this attitude is due to our political system. We don’t have a king, we have elected representatives. Every two years, we decide who is going to write our laws; every four years we decide who is going to administer those laws. We delegate authority and power to those whom we choose, but ultimately, the decision-making authority belongs to us (at least theoretically). If they act in ways that we disapprove of, we can vote them out of office. From the president of the United States to the mayor, we are presented with options, and we vote for whom we choose.
Is there anything wrong with this? Like any system, it can be abused, but it’s served us well for over two centuries. No, the problem is when we try to carry over this democratic principle and apply it to our relationship with God. The problem is when we relate to God as if he were an elected official, instead of what He is, which is a king. God does not serve at our pleasure. He is an absolute sovereign, both by power and by right. And He deserves to have that power, by virtue of the fact that He created us.