Mothering Sunday: Christian Concern for Families Worldwide
Throughout the world, families has been that segment that makes up every human society, it is the family that determines what and how the society moral and values is shaped.
Mothering Sunday is a Sunday marked in the Christian year calendar usually in the Fourth Sunday in Lent and exactly three weeks before Easter. It is a day to honour and review the role of Christian mother’s in the church of Christ and the society at large. So on this note I celebrate mother’s every where and invite them to this short Bible study. I invite you to reconsider the role of the the family in raising a godly society and how the waves of civilization has been a matter of concern for Christian families worldwide.
And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year, at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old,, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.(Luke 2:39-42|KJV
The first of this concern is the role of families in raising children for the society; the parents of Jesus is a perfect example of this. They did all they could to raise Jesus in accordance with the law and teachings of the Lord, they did not abandon Him to his own lot knowing that He is devine rather they brought him up under family care and spiritual orientations. It is on this account that He grew and wax strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon Him.
Even when He left they company and tarried behind in Jerusalem among the teachers of the law, Mary and Joseph never thought Him to be matured to go His own ways; they still sought Him for days until they found Him in the midst of the teachers of the law; even after stating His mission statement to His parents, He still followed them home and remain obedience to them. (Luke 2: 43-51)
Some parents today cannot give full and clear account of their children; it has gotten to the point that as tender as this children are, some families can no longer exercise control over their own children and I wonder the manner of persons they will grow up to be in the society. Mother’s, don’t allow the child you bear to be a source of sorrow to you and the society; dedicate your time, care and teachings in the way of the Lord to see that they remain obedient not just to the family but to the society at large; never let them go on their own way, as long as they are still under your control ensure that they walk in the way and fear of the Lord. Jesus was able to represent not just His family but His community (Nazareth) and His linage (David) so let’s raise children that generations will come and feel their impacts.
The second concern is the wave of feminism; in as much as the society is presenting men and women to be equal; don’t forget the instructions of the Lord as a wife and a Christian mother. Be subject to your husband in love and in humility, just as Christ is the Head of the Church don’t forget that your husband is the head of the Family and just as the head cannot do without the other parts of the body; so your husband cannot do without you.
Her husband is well known, for he sits in the council chamber with the other civic leaders.(Proverbs 31:23|LIVING-
It is clear in our generation today that both the husband and the wife now drag sit at the council chambers all in the name of what a man can do, a woman can do better. These are world philosophy and as a Christian mother; honour and respect your husband at home so that others outside can respect him. It is the degree of respect you show to your husband at home that will determine how people will respect him outside and to a large extent respect for the family. Nothing stops you as a woman from aspiring for higher position and a better life and work but don’t let it jeopardize your family life and the principles of the word of God.
The third concern is as to same sex affairs; if you claim to be a Christian mother and you are having an affair with your fellow woman, then you are not a woman neither are you a mother. What makes you a woman is in a man;(Gen. 3:16b) it is a taboo and contrary to the word of God for a woman to be married to another woman; marriage according to the scriptures is the one between a man a woman and no matter how advance the society tends to become; it cannot change or manipulate the word of God. As a Christian mother; it is your duty and responsibility to keep an eyes on your children and the manner of relationship they keep; maintain a one on one counseling with them and enlighten them in line with the word of God and the principles of Natural Justice. Set a spiritual standard for them at the very early stages in life so they can withstand the forces of this age.
The fourth concern is to societal love and civic engineering, just as mother’s are builders of every home, so does the society looks up to her for peaceful and quiet life. Let the love and affection never end at home, reach out to others in the outside world, show love and compassion, feed, cloth and admonish others, be a source of blessings and joy to others especially the less privileged and orphans. Just as we celebrate mother’s Day today, don’t just sit back and wait for gifts to come, you can be a gift to others out there.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. … She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. … She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.(Proverbs 31:20,24,26|KJV-
The fifth and final concern for this study is for to- be- Mother’s, I write specifically to young ladies out there, the worst that can happen to you in life is to dishonour your mother. No matter how bad in your own judgement you think she is, it’s never a valid ground for you to turn your back at her. Don’t forget that one day you will be a mother and you will look to your children for same respect. To my fellow young men, mother’s are praiseworthy, and a precious gift from God, we owe them our love and respect, whether she is your mother or not; every woman should be respected and honoured. So this day, reach out to every mother you know of and let them feel the love and make them important on this special day of 2020 Mothering Sunday.
Prayers: Almighty God and Father, thank you for the gift of mother’s, thank you for making them part of our existence, on this special day of their lives we pray that you fill them with joy undeniable. Bless and keep them, heal their homes and nations, answer their secret prayers and hear their cry in their days of trouble, fill them with the right knowledge to look after their husband and children, as for those looking for the fruit of the womb, I declare by this time next year children shall surround their table in Jesus Christ name! I pray for those whose family are been threatened with divorce that the God of peace will still every ranging storm in their home. Thank you most holy Father; I use my Mother as a point of contact to mother’s everywhere; long life and good health shall you satisfy them and cause them to see Your salvation through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.