Summary: See how Mary displayed a "be there" attitude, as the mother of Jesus.
Last week I began a series about attitudes. As we look at the second sermon in this series I want to discuss what I call the "Be There¨ attitude. Mother’s are a prime example of the "be there¨ attitude. There are many things we could say about mothers. We could talk about their love. We could talk about their gentle spirit. We could talk about their endurance. We could talk about their kindness. One thing is for sure, mothers display a "be there¨ attitude. They are there when we are born. They are there when we cut our first tooth. They are there when we take our first step. They are there when we graduate from school. They are there for many other events. What a wonderful attitude!
Some of the great events of history have been built around the "be there¨ attitude. If you have seen a picture of the soldiers erecting the American flag at Iwo Jima you witnessed such an attitude. If you have heard the story of the Alamo you witnessed such an attitude. If you have visited the Vietnam memorial in Washington you witnessed an event that represents such an attitude.
There are many places where we should display a "be there¨ attitude.
- We should "be there¨ for our country.
- We should "be there¨ for our friends.
- We should "be there¨ for our church family.
- We should "be there¨ for our employers.
It is not always easy to "be there.¨ A husband was told by a marriage counselor to try and be more considerate of his wife. One day he comes home from work. He is dressed in a suit, has cologne on, and has a bouquet of flowers and a box of candy in his hands. He rings the doorbell and he is standing there as she opens the door. He holds out the flowers and the box of candy. The wife opens the door takes one look at him standing there and starts crying. In between her sobs she says, "Oh, I can’t believe it! Little Johnny has been throwing up; the dishwasher just broke; your parents are coming to visit this weekend and to top it all off, you come home drunk!
(Contributed to Sermon Central by Timothy Henning)
There are many things that affect our commitment.
- Conditions and circumstances affect commitment.
- Values affect commitment. Many Southerners were disloyal to the union during the Civil War because their values affected their commitment.
- People affect our commitment. A beautiful young girl will affect a boy’s sense of commitment to his buddies.
- Ultimately, your faith will affect your commitment, in other areas of your life.
We are going to look at a Biblical example of a person who had a "be there¨ attitude. She was a mother. In fact, she was the mother of Jesus. Our text for today is taken from John 19:25. "Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother¡¦s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.¨ Jesus mother, Mary, was loyal and dependable. She was there when Jesus was an infant. She was there when Jesus performed His first miracle. She was there when Jesus faced his trials. Ultimately, she was there when Jesus died.
What a trait, loyalty! It is so important. My prayer is that it would be said of me, he was always there. He was loyal. I want my sons to say, he was there for me. I want Judy to say, he was there for me. I want my friends to say, he was there for me. I want my fellow believers to say, he was there for me.