Sunday Morning Worship | Mother’s Day Service | Carl McCray, Pastor
Mother’s Day Service: Making An Impact
It’s not easy being a mom. Mothers do so much. A mom’s job includes taxi driver, chef, doctor, judge (especially if you have two or more children), and lawyer just to name a few. The second Sunday of May has been established to honor mothers, so on this day we say, ‘Happy Mother’s Day.’ Today, Mother’s Day 2017, we will focus specifically on mothers. I want to introduce you to some women in scripture, a young women named Eunice and her mother, Lois.
5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. – Deuteronomy 6:5-7 NIV
Like Eunice, the mother of Timothy, and Lois, the grandmother of Timothy, God wants to use you to instill within your children a respect for the scriptures, an authentic faith, and a desire to minister. As a mom and as a grandmother, you can have a serious spiritual impact on your children!
- Instill a respect for the Bible. Mothers, let me ask you a question. What kind of bible is your child reading as they observe your life? Your child is reading your translation of what this book says. They are looking at it and they are saying this is what is says that as a Christian we should do. And they are looking at your translation. What you are putting into practice each day. If we really want to make a difference in our children’s lives, we need to instill a respect for the word of God in our children. We do so by putting into practice in our lives and letting them read our translation. This is what it looks like to be Christian, an authentic follower of Jesus Christ and this is what I want you to become.
- Instill an authentic faith. Secondly, we need to instill an authentic faith (2 Timothy 1:5). Faith is not hereditary. I want my children to excel at following Jesus and excel in their faith. There is so much riding on being the example we are called to be. Mom’s if you want to instill an authentic faith in your children, you better take your own faith seriously. If you are just going through the motions spiritually, your kids, in time, will see that and will probably do the exact same thing. However, as you demonstrate your faith consistently by reading the Bible, praying, attending worship and bringing your children to help them grow spiritually and participate in the life and mission of your church, they will learn from your example.
- Instill a desire to minister. This is the most important job. Our kids need to learn the Bible and certainly need to grow in faith, but that’s not the end. They need to become difference-makers in the world! That’s who we are all supposed to be. We need to foster and encourage our children so they will identify their spiritual gifts and put them into use on a regular basis and share their faith. Our primary job as parents is to disciple our children so they will grow up to be the people of God who will serve Him wholeheartedly the rest of their lives.
It’s not too late. You can make an impact on your children. When you think about the example of Los and Eunice, what an impact they made! I know we want to have the same type of impact on our children. We want our children to know the Gospel, to know salvation, and the forgiveness of sins. What legacy are we leaving our children? Is your faith authentic? Is God the leader of your life? The good news is that it is not too late.
I hope you take this opportunity to watch the video, and I pray you are blessed!