Summary: Mom''s Work as Worship is a sermon that encourages mothers to view their service, support, and sacrifices as acts of worship to the Lord.
Mom’s Work as Worship
Happy Mother’s Day! I hope that you have already been showered with gifts and praise and that more is coming your way.
I read about a brother and sister who gave their Mom a special Mother’s Day card. It was actually a card that they had made themselves that morning. Mom read the card out loud.
"Happy Mother’s Day! We hope you have a great mother’s day. We were going to make you pancakes but we didn’t know how. So we were going to make eggs and bacon but we couldn’t find any. But Happy Mother’s Day.”
They shared hugs and kisses and then the little boy said as honestly as he could, “So mom, what’s for breakfast?
Today we want to honor our moms and honor the Lord through a message that is couched in the context of a series entitled, Work as Worship, which is based on a study by J. D. Greear.
Isn’t it interesting that in the language of the Old Testament the same word that is used for “worship” is also used for “work”.
“You are to work (avodah) six days but you must rest on the seventh day.” Exodus31:24
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go in to Pharaoh and tell him: This is what Yahweh says: Let My people go, so that they may worship (avodah) Me.” Exodus 8:1
Isn’t that incredible? Our work is a way that we worship God.
Today, we are going to think about the work of our mothers and how their work is worship in the eyes of God. Our Scripture Passage is Proverbs 31. Let’s read a few selected verses to begin and we will read more as we continue. Verses 10, 27-30.
Moms let’s be honest. When you think of worship, images of doing the laundry do not come to your mind. You think of singing songs and praising God here at church. It is hard to think of worship as scrubbing showers, cooking meals, and driving everyone everywhere.
But I think that you would agree that worship is not just about those things we do in a worship service. Worship is relational. Worship is about being in relationship with God. Worship is about telling God how much we love Him. Worship is walking with God every day in relationship, living our lives for His purposes. Worship is about a Relationship.
If motherhood is anything it is about relationships. In relationship mothers forge the character of their children, mothers teach their children the most important lessons of life, and mothers help their children learn about God.
But I think that it is hard for most moms to see their work as worship. I also believe that many mothers have difficulty in seeing the value of their work. I read an article a few weeks ago, entitled, “Just a Mother.” This is how it starts.
"You are standing in the kitchen in the same sweat pants you went to bed in trying to figure out how to feed the kids from the nothing that is in the fridge. You realize that you have to go to the grocery store and don’t know how you can fit one more thing into your day. It seems like such a waste of time. Anybody can go to the grocery store. Anybody can change a diaper. In your heart you have a desire to do more, to use your gifts and talents. But here you are smearing peanut butter and folding laundry, refereeing fights and wiping noses with a Bible verse thrown in for good measure. You feel insignificant."
Moms, do you ever feel that way? Sure you do. But listen to what the writer shares as she continues.
"But God sees the selfless acts of motherhood as an act of worship, a sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Him. He knows that nothing else in this world is more important than pouring your life into your children. Your offering, small though it may seem, is exactly what God wants of you. God notices and He breaths in the offering and counts it as worship."
Isn’t that powerful. So, Moms, I want to encourage you today and help you see your work as worship. When we look at this passage, we can learn three truths about the work and worship of moms.
I. MOM’S SERVICE IS WORSHIP vs 15, 20
If moms do anything, they serve. They serve meals. Many of them run taxi services. Moms serve in so many ways that we can’t even list all of them.
Do you remember how that the Hebrew word for “work” is the same word that is used for “worship.” Well, it is also used for “service.” Listen as Joshua issues a challenge to the people.
“… choose you this day whom ye will serve (avodah)… as for me and my house, we will serve (avodah) the LORD.” Joshua 24:15