The Reverence for God, Sermon 05/12/2019

Prov. 31:25-31; II Tim. 1:3-7

Happy Mother’s day!

There is no other “sacrifice bigger than love” that is given to us from mothers in the world. May the Lord continue to bless our mothers!

The book of proverbs begins with the command to trust and reverence the Lord and ends with the picture of a woman who fulfills this command. Her qualities are mentioned through the book; hard work, fear of God, respect for spouse, foresight, encouragement, care for others, concern for the poor, wisdom in handling money. These qualities, when coupled with fear of God, lead to enjoyment, success, honor, and worth. Proverbs is very practical for our day because it shows us how to become wise, make good decisions and live according to God’s will. Her strength and dignity do not come from her amazing achievements however. They are a result of her reverence for God.

A mother is given a responsibility to rear her children in the Christian faith and that faith then influences her children. If we want our children to follow God, we must make God a part of our everyday life. We must teach our children to see God in all aspects of life, not just those that are church related.

Once there was a little four-year-old girl who knew nothing about Christ and his church. She had never heard the stories of Jesus. Her parents were not interested in the church at all, so they never took her. But one day her uncle came to visit. He was a devout Christian and a great churchman, and out of respect for him and his faith, the parents asked him to pray at mealtimes. The little girl was fascinated. The uncle realized that so he told her about Jesus and taught her how to pray to God, how to bow her head and close her eyes and put her little hands together reverently in front of her and talk to God and thank him for all of her blessings. All went beautifully and the little girl loved it. But then one evening the uncle left and went back to his home. The next morning the little girl rushed to the breakfast table. She climbed into her chair. She bowed her head, closed her eyes, positioned her hands and waited for someone to say the prayer thanking God for the food and the new day, but all she heard was the tinkling of silverware and the crinkling of the morning papers as her mom and dad rushed through breakfast. Confused, she opened her eyes and said, “Mommy, Daddy, isn’t there a God today?”

Here is a Humor, entitled, “A Christian Home?”

After the dedication of his baby brother in church, little Johnny sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong.  Finally, the boy replied, “That pastor said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I want to stay with you guys!” (Source: Unknown).

Dear friends! Can people tell by the way you live that there is a God today? According to Il Timothy, Apostle Paul has been reminded of Timothy’s sincere faith, which had been influenced by his mother, Eunice and his grandmother, Lois. These women were converted to Christianity from Judaism after they had heard the message from Apostle Paul. They were so faithful to the gospel of Christ that they raised Timothy in Christian nurture. Timothy was trained well to serve the Lord at home from an early age and was trusted and a co-worker of Apostle Paul in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

He had been left in charge of the work in Ephesian and Corinthian churches, while Paul was away. Paul always praised his commitment and service. He became quite a model for young Christians even today. For Timothy to be a great servant of God, there were influences of his mother and his grandmother. His life reminds us of the importance of a Christian home.

You might have heard about John Wesley, a founder of Methodism. His mother, Susanna influenced her children through providing their early Christian education at home. So, John Wesley could read the Bible at the age of 5. He had inherited his mother’s faith. His mother Susanna had a great impact on the birth of Methodism.

We see that the mother’s faith has an important impact on the children.

In the Old Testament, Ps. 128 says, “Happy are all who revere God, and who follow in God’s ways! You shall eat the fruit of your labor; Happiness and prosperity shall be yours. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house. Your children like olive shoots roundabout your table.

The parent who reveres God shall thus indeed be blessed. May God bless you from heaven and may you see the prosperity of your city all the days of your life. May you live to see your children’s children- peace be on Israel” (vv. 1-6).

Is our home life heavenly or hectic? Reading and obeying God’s Word is a good place to start to make our families all that it can be.

Mother’s position in the family is very important. When the mother has faith in God, her children’s lives will be filled with God’s love and his many blessings.

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