It is apparent throughout the Bible that the family is the essential building block of human society. This is true of biological family’s as well as spiritual ones (God’s Church). It only makes sense then that the health of families matter. This is why it’s so important to acknowledge that whether you are married, divorced, single, or a parent, God has a plan to lead you to oneness with Him, and others and desires for you to experience a wholeness found only in Christ.
Let’s focus a bit on moms. Moms, both biological moms, and spiritual moms, who are not biologically so but spiritually are pouring into spiritual children, can make a significant impact on others. How can they do so? I want to look at an interesting verse from 1 Thessalonians. Paul writes:
“We were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us” (1 Thess 2:7-8).
Paul compares himself, and the team of people with whom he planted the church in Thessalonica, to a godly mom. In doing so, he emphasizes two things. First, godly moms are called to express self-giving love (v. 7). Self-giving love is not thinking less of yourself, but less thinking of yourself for the benefit of others.
My youngest child was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. He had routine doctor appointments at the All Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, that was two hours from our home in Wisconsin. My wife, Krista, set aside her career and sacrificially took our child to these appointments for the first few years of his life. If you were to make a fuss about it, she would respond by downplaying the sacrifice. Krista displayed self-giving love.
Many moms demonstrate self-giving love to their children. When moms show self-giving love to others, they are reflecting God’s love toward us (see: 1 John 4:7-11). God loves us with a self-giving love. He calls moms, in the same manner, to love others. In fact, He calls all of us to demonstrate a self-giving love to others.
Second, godly moms are called to give both their care and their knowledge. It has been said that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Paul, like a good mom, gave both his care and his knowledge.
My mom’s wisdom was always packaged in care. I’m not saying that I consistently listened to her nor that I always appreciated it when she shared her knowledge with me. But, I can tell you that she didn’t just share her knowledge, then demonstrate no care for me. She cared deeply for my brother and me, and therefore her sharing of her knowledge was that much more powerful and palatable.
When moms or anyone else, for that matter, give both their care and knowledge, they are following God’s example. God has not merely given us His word or declared His love for us. He has demonstrated His love for us. Jesus did not die for righteous people or those who have done right for others, but for sinners, that is, for ungodly, unrighteous people living in rebellion against God (see: Rom 5:8). Jesus died for you and me. He has not just shared His knowledge with us through the Bible but has wrapped up the gift of His knowledge in the package of His caring love. This is why we are to share the love and message of Christ with others. God intends for His message to be shared in a package of genuine care.
God gives us both His care and knowledge. He calls moms to give both their care and knowledge. In fact, He calls all of us to give our care and knowledge to others. Moms, and actually each of us, can make a significant impact on our children, family, and those around us.
This occurs when we allow God to work in and through us by expressing self-giving love and giving our care and knowledge to others.
I want to celebrate all the moms (biological and spiritual) who take their call seriously, making an impact in the lives of their children, families, and others. Proverbs 31:28, when speaking of such a mom, declares that “her children will rise up and call her blessed.” Mom’s thank you for pouring your lives into others. I praise God for moms who worship and adore the Lord and pass this legacy along to others.
Let me encourage each of us to follow the example of our Lord and godly moms and express self-giving live to others. Let’s give our care and knowledge to those around us. No doubt, moms, and actually each of us, can make a significant impact on our children, family, and the world around us. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!