by Calven Celliers
“God couldn’t be everywhere, so He made mothers.”
While not theologically accurate, this old Jewish saying describes beautifully the significant, indispensable role mothers play in our lives.
Have you ever considered that Jesus’ mother Mary, was the one who nudged Him into His public ministry? In the Gospel of John 2 we read how when the wine at the wedding in Cana was finished “3…Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”” (John 2:3NIV) Initially Jesus wasn’t prepared to turn the water into wine because He said that His time had not yet come. Mary wasn’t having any of that, however, and said to the servants, “5 …Do whatever he tells you.” (John2:5NIV) And we know the rest of the story –
“6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” (John 2: 6 – 10NIV)
Public speaker and Christian authoress, Jill Savage, makes the comment that ‘the profession of motherhood is all about influence. Mothers have an incredible opportunity to influence the next generation. Intentionality increases influence, and influence is something God asks us to be intentional about. We cannot underestimate the power of a mother’s love.’
One of life’s greatest blessings is to have a godly mother. And, thus, one of the greatest gifts you can give your children is to be a godly influence. An awesome, biblical example of the influence of a godly mother and grandmother, is that of young Timothy. Scripture tells us that his faith came to him through his grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice. The apostle Paul’s preaching and mentorship may have been used by God to impact and grow Timothy’s faith, but the foundation of who Timothy became must surely be credited to the godly influence of Lois and Eunice. We cannot deny that through faith in God and by honouring His Word, godly mothers have great influence as they train their children in the way they should go.
Charles Spurgeon made the following observation as he testified to the influence his own godly mother had upon his life, “Never could it be possible for any man [or woman] to estimate what he [she] owes to a godly mother … I have not the powers of speech with which to set forth my valuation of the choice blessing which the Lord bestowed on me in making me the son of one who prayed for me, and with me.”
And so, this Mother’s Day I want to honour all the Mom’s who have gently, or maybe not so gently, nudged their children in the right direction and then had the joy of watching them flourish and grow into the fullness of all that God created them to be.
I dedicate this blog to my Grandmother, a godly woman of noble character,
who has played an indispensable role in my life.