Summary: God's love for His people is like a MOther's love for her children.
May 9, 2010
Text: Ephesians 2:1-10
Subject: Happy Mother’s Day
Title: Mother’s Day From the Father’s Perspective
Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Moms in the congregation! You may not consider yourself wonderful, but you are. Where would any of us be if not for our moms? I hope you all enjoyed the video this morning. As I watched it was like I was reliving my childhood all over again. Yes, I have heard my mother say those things and I am sure I have passed them on to the next generation. How about you? Have you ever said or done any of those things.
How about some more sayings?
Who do you think you are?
I'll treat you like an adult when you start acting like an adult!
Look at me when I'm talking to you.
Don't pick it, it'll get infected.
You'll put your eye out with that thing!
Don't put that thing in your mouth, you don't know where it's been.
Wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident and have to go to hospital.
Don't cross your eyes like that, one day they'll freeze that way
I don't care who started it, I'll finish it!
If I catch you doing that one more time, I'll...
Your father is going to hear about THIS when he gets home!
If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
How many times do I have to tell you, don't throw things in the house!
Do you think your clothes are going to pick themselves up?
"I don't know" is NOT an answer!
I know it's not fair. Life isn't fair.
The wonderful words of wisdom from God’s gift to childhood!
Now we laugh about the things we have heard mother say but one thing I want you to understand – and you all know it – moms only wants the best for their families and will do anything to see that they get it.
Now, having said that about earthly mothers, I want you to know that you also have a Father who wants only the best for you – your heavenly Father.
Today I want you to se that the characteristics that we see in our mothers are present in the God who has saved you.
Let’s look to see how God works in your life to make you the best you can be.
Read Ephesians 2:1-10
Lord, open our spiritual eyes to see and our spiritual ears to hear and understand what the Spirit is saying to us today.
I. GOD SEES WHAT YOU REALLY ARE
A. 1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins… I am thankful that this is mentioned in the past tense - you were dead in your transgressions and sins… Since Paul is writing to the church in Ephesus we know that it was written for the Gentile church and not for Jewish Christians. I’m not saying that the Jewish Christians weren’t in the same spiritual dilemma as the Gentiles. But Paul just wants them to know where they came from. As a mother knows everything about her children God knows everything about you. Did you ever try to fool your mom? Don’t they somehow always know the truth? God does too – and even more. He knows everything about you. He knows that you were bound by sin in your sin nature – you were dead in your transgressions. That was the whole purpose of Jesus coming to earth. Isaiah 53:5, But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.