Summary: A Mother’s Day sermon exhorting Mom’s to pass on a Godly legacy.
Mom’s Bible - A Mother’s Day sermon
There are three stages of motherhood: young, middle age and “you’re looking fine.”
I don’t know about you, but my mother was responsible for teaching me some of the most valuable life lessons I ever learned. Someone sent me some valuable reminders of Mom lessons and I wanted to share a few of them with you before I get into the meat of the message this morning.
This was called “Ode to Mom”
My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside …... I just finished cleaning.”
My mother taught me Religion -
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
My mother taught me Logic. -
“Because I said so, that’s why.”
My mother taught me Foresight -
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
My mother taught me Irony -
“Keep laughing and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
14 But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
15 My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long,
though I know not its measure.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.
There is a story about four preachers discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked the King James Version best because of its simple, beautiful English. Another liked the American Revised Version best because it was closer to the original Hebrew and Greek. Still another liked a contemporary version because of its up to date vocabulary. The fourth minister was silent for moment, then said, “I like my, mother’s translation best.” Surprised, the other three men said they didn’t know his mother had translated the Bible. “Yes,” he replied. “She translated it into life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.”
Have you ever taken the time to look through mom’s bible? As you look through the pages you find several interesting things … first hair cuts, flowers picked by the hands of a three year old pressed flat between the pages, names of children with their baptism dates, marriages and deaths of loved ones. Letters of love to children. Notes of inspiration written in the margin. Tattered pages worn by the devoted study of a mother determined to walk close to Christ.
A mother’s bible will give you a glimpse into the legacy she endeavors to pass on to the next generation. Our text in Psalms is a prayer to God that before we are gone, we will have the opportunity to pass on Godly wisdom to the next generation. Mom’s and dad’s, we all have that responsibility. It is our obligation as parents to pass on to the next generation God’s goodness, mercy, and sovereignty.
Proverbs 22:6 says, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
What incredible wisdom!
Is it easy to instill the Christian lifestyle in a child? No. Satan confronts us and opposes us on every hand. If you see your child running down the road with a sharp stick in his hand, what do you say mom? (WFA)
If they’re about to stick a paperclip in the electrical outlet, what do you say? (WFA)
We work hard to teach them the things that will hurt them. Do we teach them that sin will hurt them? Do we strive to live a Godly life that will pass on to the next generation?
Paul spoke to Timothy and encouraged him in the faith by reminding him of the great faith that was in two generations of his family – his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. Have you ever heard the expression “The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree? The life we live before our children makes a difference. It puts an impression on them that will not just go with them for a lifetime, but with them for generations to come.
Paul wrote Titus to encourage him to teach the older women there at Crete Godly attributes. They were to be reverent, not slanderers, not given to much wine, but to teach what is good to the younger women so that they would love their husbands and children, be self-controlled, busy at home, kind and subject to their husbands.