A Mother’s Influence

Posted on May 10, 2015

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This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015. This message deals with the difficulties and competing influences which mothers face. This post includes both sermon notes and an audio recording of the sermon.

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Mother’s Day 2015 sermon

SERMON NOTES:

How important is a mother’s teaching? A Godly mother is the first line of defense in the war for our children. A mother’s job is not to be taken lightly. This is a great responsibility, one that can have great or disastrous results.

If you are the mother of a child growing up in today’s world, you may sometimes wonder how much of an impact you are having on your child’s life. At times, the influences of teachers, peers, television, video games, and even the government may seem to outweigh your own. In fact, parents have a lot of voices competing for our children. There is an entire secular world who are purposely trying to take over the role of child training.

“We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.” -Melissa Harris Perry (MSNBC)

Community children is not a new idea. Hillary Clinton expressed the same desire. . . It takes a village. In fact, this is an ideology which saturates our communities and our government, and Ms. Perry’s statement verbalizes that goal pretty well. Before you dismiss this as a well meaning but misguided or harmless ideology, think about this quote. Hitler said:

“When an opponent declares,
‘I will not come over to your side.’
I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already…
What are you? You will pass on.
Your descendants, however,
now stand in the new camp.
In a short time they will know nothing
else but this new community.'”

The end result of such a philosophy is that children grow up believing that they belong to the community or government. That leads to adults who live and behave as slaves to the government.

In a DNC video of 2012, they said:

“the government is the only thing we all belong to.”

I don’t belong to the government, you don’t belong to the government, our children don’t belong to the community or the government, we all belong to Christ. We are His workmanship!

  • Ephesians 2:10

Community ownership of children is not Biblical, and as a mother. . . as parents, we should reject it! It strikes at the very heart of God’s order of creation. God created man, woman, marriage and family, in that order.

The family unit is sovereign, and it is the foundation of society and government. Instead, in our evil and depraved world, many would seek destroy the family in favor of a new order. We must reject such notions, they against the very nature of God, who relates to us in a family manner (Father, adoption, children, etc.)

Stay at home moms are looked down upon, and the traditional, Biblical family is mocked. To diminish the family, in favor of some other order, is to further push God out of society. It’s no wonder that there are so many entities competing with parents for control and influence of our children.

As a mother (parent) you have a specific responsibility.

  • Proverbs 22:6

It is your job to train up your child. Scripture assigns that responsibility uniquely to the parents, and mothers are on the front lines. You may choose to delegate that responsibility to whomever you choose, but you can never delegate your accountability.

We see in Timothy’s mother, and example of a mother who faithfully trained her her child in the Word of God. This faith can be traced back to Timothy’s grandmother, and is now found in him.

  • 2 Timothy 1:5
  • 2 Timothy 3:15

She taught him the scripture, from his youth.
Teach them Bible songs. Children love to sing, and it’s a great way to learn. If you want to know what your little ones are learning, listen to what they are singing. Do they know all the songs from their favorite TV shows and movies, but not Bible songs? They should be singing about Jesus before singing about anything else.

When teaching children the Bible, it should be presented as truth, not as a fairy tale. Teach and ask questions. We see the result of this in Timothy, he became a man of great faith.

The ultimate goal of any parent should be to lead their children to faith in Christ, and mother’s have great influence in this. Yet, we also see the consequences of neglecting this duty.

  • Judges 2:10-13

A generation that did not know God, and lead the nation on a path of ruin.  This has become all too common in our society. It is sad that there are many mothers who do not take their job seriously, but thank God for godly mothers, they are an invaluable asset to our community.
Home is where it all begins. Church is a supplement, not a substitute. It cannot take the place of a God-centered, Bible teaching, praying home life. No matter how well you take care of your children, your work must be a product of your faith. Without faith in Christ, nothing you do will ever please God.

  • Hebrews 11:6

If your faith is not strong, you cannot instill a strong faith in your child.  (How can you expect your child to trust what you don’t?) If you don’t study and know the scripture, how can you teach your child?  (You cannot teach what you don’t know.)

Spend time every day in Bible study and prayer. If your child doesn’t see you pray, how will he learn to pray?  (They mimic what their parents do, and DON’T do.) Children need to see Christ in your life. They need to see Christ as your foundation. They need to see Christ work in you.

Are you taking advantage of those few short years of your young one’s childhood to make a positive, lasting contribution, to the glory of God?
Mothers, make sure you are up to the task. Prepare yourself, take your job seriously, and train your child, the rewards are priceless.

  • Proverbs 31:28

A godly mother certainly deserves to be honored and praised, just as God commanded.

  • Exodus 20:12
  • Proverbs 31:30

It’s more important than ever in today’s world, where so many are competing against her, and working to demean and devalue her calling. She needs all the encouragement and support she can get.

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