Sunday Sermon


May 13, 2018

Rocherty Church

Text:   Matthew 12:46-50 

Two kids told mother not to cook for Mother's Day ... they would do it. Nine pots, 2 skillets, 4 large bowls, 11 spoons, 5 measuring cups and 1 whole roll of paper towels later Mom said, "That was the best Jell-O I ever had."

One mom was out walking with her 4-year-old daughter when her girl picked up something from the ground and started to put it in her mouth. The mother tells what happens in her own words: "I took the item away from her and I asked her not to do that." My daughter quickly asked, "Why?" "Because it's been lying outside, you don't know where it's been, it's dirty and probably has germs," I replied. At this point, my daughter looked at me with total admiration and asked, "Wow! How do you know all this stuff?" I thought quickly and said, "All moms know this stuff. It's on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mommy." We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, as she pondered this new information. "Oh...I get it!" she beamed, "So if you don't pass the test you have to be the daddy?" I smiled and replied, "Exactly." 

This Mother’s Day I want to shake things up a little bit. I was reading in Matthew’s Gospel and I came across this incident in the life of Christ.

Matthew 12:46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you." 48 He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."

I. Who is your Mother?

An easy answer - the woman who gave birth to you.

But is there more?

1 Timothy 5:1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

I do not want to take away from the need to be good children and honor our biological mothers, but I also believe it is important to realize that we also have other mothers.

Some of them are not related to us. Some of them may not even have children of their own.

However, if we are part of the family of God and they are part of the family of God then they are our mothers. They ought to be treated with the same honor and respect as we treat our own physical mothers.

II. What role is there for the mothers in our family?

Titus 2:2-3, Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.

There once was a preacher who gave the challenge that all of us ought to have a Barnabas and a Timothy in our lives at all times.

A Barnabas - someone to mentor us

A Timothy - someone to mentor

Mothers - Who are you mothering? You don’t have to be perfect. Oh, I can’t do this. There will always be struggles as well as triumphs.

The bonus is - when you teach, you learn it better yourself.

Support: Don’t supervise. None of us like to have someone hanging over our shoulders telling us how we are doing it wrong. However, we are all glad of an extra set of hands and a listening ear.

Therefore, make yourself available.

Daughters - Who is mothering you? Seek her out. Be ready to learn all that you can from her.

Would all the ladies in the congregation please rise?

"A mother can get her children’s complete attention just by sitting down and looking comfortable." --Sam Ewing A former player for the Chicago White Sox.