Summary: Lois to Eunice to Timothy - faith found, shared, and passed on - a family legacy.
Rewards of a Mother’s Faith
… I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.
Paul came … to Lystra. And a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.
.. Today is Mother’s Day – a day set aside to honor our Mothers.
.. This day was originally observed by Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948) in 1908 who gave a carnation (her mother’s favorite flower) to those who attended a memorial service in honor of her mother – soon the idea gained popularity and began to be observed by several cities throughout the nation. Finally, on May 9, 1914 by an act of Congress and a declaration of President Woodrow Wilson the “second” Sunday in May was designated as Mother’s Day.
[Unknown – Mother’s Day, Pulpit Help, 1991, SermonIllustrations.com, downloaded 12 May, 2007]
1. Some Mothers
. Some mothers are teachers.
. Some mothers are disciplinarians.
. Some mothers are cleaning ladies.
. Some mothers are gardeners and mowers of lawns.
. Some mothers are maintenance workers.
. Some mothers are cooks – most understanding that baking cookies is more important than washing windows.
. Some mothers are nurses.
. Some mothers are doctors.
. Some mothers are psychologist, molders of vocabularies, and shaper of attitudes.
. Some mothers are soft voices saying, “I love you.” Some mothers are a link to God, a child’s first impression of God’s love.
. Some mothers do all of these things and much, much more – plus pursue a career outside of the home.
[Melvin M. Newland – A Mother’s Love (adapted), SermonCentral.com, “Illustrations”, downloaded 12 May, 2007]
2. A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: “My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I?” When the test papers were turned in, the teacher … [found] that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word Mother. [Unknown].
[Michael McCartney – Acts of Mothers, [Proverbs 31:10-31 sermon], SermonCentral.com, downloaded 12 May 2007]
3. [Someone once said] – “I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids.” [Unknown].
1. My favorite memory about my mother is when I was a boy. I would go pick some wild blackberries and take them to my mom. She would pay me 50 cents for them and then turn around and make me a blackberry cobbler to eat. To this day blackberry cobbler is my favorite desert.
2. Another important memory that I have about my mother | father is that they taught me that the Bible was the word of God. They were not fanatics – instead they lived their lives respecting the teachings of the Bible – setting forth an example for me.
.. Some of our greatest memories from growing up as children often reflect back upon our mothers.
. True that there are some moms that could be tough and hard to deal with – but all-in-all most of us look back and our moms are usually honored in our eyes!
1. Secular Realm
.. The world honors greatness by giving recognition, rewards, riches, and revelry – “everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame.”
. Education – PHD – highest achievement in academia excellence.
. Business – CEO – power and authority.
. Military – STARS – on shoulders because of the battles won.
. Historical – STORIES – biographies written about their life.
. Politics – PRESIDENT - highest office in the land.
2. Church Realm
.. Many of our churches honor our mothers – especially like today – Mother’s Day.
. This is a good and honored tradition practiced by our churches and as long as it does not distract us from worshipping the Lord – I see no reason not to continue its practice.
Honor your father and mother.
. However this type (Mother’s Day) of recognition or the measuring of honor to our mothers is only temporal – for soon, as a church, we will be on to other traditions and events. This is the way traditions are addressed.
3. God’s Realm
.. With God – honoring parents, especially mothers is not a temporal affair.
.. Honors in terms of the end result.
. Our text shows:
Timothy was found to be a young man of faith --- because --- his mother and his grandmother also had faith --- this is not to say that God will automatically save our children because of his faithful mother, (because each one of us is required to believe God for our own sake) but, it does seem to indicate that God often honors mothers – by instilling in their children that same sincere faith (vs. 5) that they too posses. Think -- what better mission field will parents ever have than their own children.