Summary: Here's a Mothers Day sermon that includes a touching story about a mother's son who got saved.
--"THE GOD WHO BLESSES MOTHERS!"
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2To Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,
4greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy,
5when 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.
6Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
7For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
8Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,
9who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
10but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
11to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
John Quincy Adams said,
"All that I am my mother made me."
Abraham Lincoln said,
"All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."
The influence of a Godly mother over her children
cannot be overstated.
And it ought not be undervalued!
In our Biblical text today...
the Apostle Paul mentions the influence of 2 mothers.
To illustrate the great influence of a Godly mother,
let me tell you the story of Susannah Prentice.
This story goes back to 1950.
Susannah and her husband, Miles, lived in a 2-story house...
located on the coast of Maine.
Miles and Susannah had 2 sons and a daughter.
Their names were Annie, James and John.
The Prentice family were devout Christians...
except for John the youngest son.
Though he attended worship services with his family...
John had never accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.
Miles Prentice was a lobster fisherman.
He was barely able to catch enough lobster...
to support his family.
One day, when the weather report said storms were possible...
Miles decided he had no choice.
He had to go check his lobster traps...
hoping to catch enough lobsters to pay the electric bill...
which was due the next day.
So...Miles and his oldest son, James, headed out to sea...
on their small lobster fishing boat.
Sure enough! A big storm blew up.
Miles and his son fought hard to keep their boat afloat.
The storm raged on...and Miles and James were carried out to sea.
And when the storm finally passed on...
Miles & James were in trouble.
It was dark now.
The clouds in the sky meant there were no stars for navigation.
Meanwhile, back at the Prentice home...
Susannah knew that her husband and son
would not be able to find their way back home.
So she took a lamp and put it in the attic window,
hoping its rays would serve as a beacon
to direct her husband and son home safely.
As we consider mother
and her influence over her family,
let's consider what kind of mother Jesus can bless.
POINT #1. A GODLY MOTHER SETS OUT A LIGHT FOR HER FAMILY
There was a lot of light shining in Timothy's home.
Grandmother Lois had given light to her daughter Eunice
And then Eunice passed that light on to her son, Timothy.
Friends, I think we can all agree.
These are dark times....spiritually speaking.
· Drug abuse activity increases.
· Consumption of alcohol is on the rise.
· Psychic Hotlines lead many astray.
· Evolution is taught as fact.
· Sexual immorality is encouraged on every hand.
· Divorce is tearing apart families.
· The abandonment of Christian values is prevalent
· But mothers, there is light!
· Let yours shine!
The light of good deeds and unselfish service.
The light of God's word lived out in your home.
The light of truth, honesty, and integrity
included into your character.
The light of Jesus Christ, trusted as Savior,
obeyed as Lord,
and honored as Almighty God.
Yes, our culture is stagnant and our society is abnormal.
But we don't have to give up.
The light shines in the darkness!