May 14, 2017 Sermon

Over $14,000,000,000 will have been spent on Mother's Day this year. Over 65% are flowers that are sent. People make countless phone calls and dinner arrangements. As much as we try, the love for our mothers is immeasureable.

Honoring motherhood is found throughtout The Scripture. Nations are referred to a "mothers". Mothers took care of those who were sick and wounded. Holy cities were called "mothers". God Blessed Sarah has "The Mother of All Nations". New Christians are "Babes", having been given birth to a new life.

Sometimes we need to understand what it means to be a mother. Your mom loves you more than her own life; they will always put their children's lives before their own. Moms are more interested in financial security for their children than their own. Moms sacrifice so that they can get their kids to church because they want their children to know their God in Heaven.

Moms are human and make mistakes, so cut her some slack. The Bible shows women at their highest...and their lowest. Eve was the first woman and made the first mistake (of course, Adam stood right there and watch the whole thing happen). Mom wants you to learn from your mistakes.

When moms put the "mom-goggles" on, they have great life lessons for you to learn. For example, how about this? "If you're going to kill each other, go outside; I'm cleaning." Time travel: "If you keep this up, I'm going to slap you into the middle of next week." Logic: "Because I said so, that's why!" Dicotomies: "Shut your mouth and eat your dinner!" The weather: "Your room looks like a tornado went through it." Exaggeration: "If I've told you once, I've told you a million times..." Justice: "One day, you'll have kids and I hope that they turn out just like you!"

Moms want everyone under one roof with them. They desire to have all of their kids at home for Mother's Day. They want you to be with them at church because they want to show you off. Once a pastor told his congregation that "My best years of my life were spent in the arms of another man's wife!" The congregation gasped before busting out in hilarity: "My mother."

Moms think with the heart. When your kids don't check in at certain deadlines or curfews, it's natural for moms to immediately get worried. Moms care about their children so much. Sometimes it's hard for others to understand, but on this day we must remind ourselves to give mothers grace and allow them to be the great mothers that they are!

"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land The Lord your God is giving you."

Exodus 20:12

- Jon Bruney

Zion Missionary Church - Fremont, Indiana

Jon Bruney, Pastor

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