Encouragement for Moms and Non-Moms
by Impact Church
“And blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)
Mother’s Day 2015 has come and gone. The florists and Hallmark franchises are probably in need of a day off to rest and count their profits. Most women revel in the memories of the more-than-usual attention from family and friends,…while others avoided church yesterday because it was the last place they wanted to be.
We at Impact Church want to celebrate and honor the wonderful blessings of mothers among us, but we want to be sensitive to those who are hurting because of infertility,…the loss of a child to abortion, miscarriage or death at any age,…or the heartache of foster children and grown adults whose mothers are no longer there. To all of you, we echo what we feel is the message from our Heavenly Father: “You are not alone.”
Mother’s Day is not in the Bible. God’s love for the barren is. His care for orphans is. And the Word is filled with stories of redemption for those whose actions seemed light years away from His holy standards.
Even among the most honored women of the Bible — those mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus Christ in Matthew 1 — are scandalous back stories of deceit, whoredom, paganism and adultery. Shocking! Why would a sinless God allow sinful women to be in the bloodline of His sinless Son, the Savior of the world?!?
Well, because a perfect God uses imperfect people for His perfect purposes! (And because there are no perfect people available for use!)
Traditionally, only men (imperfect as well, BTW) were mentioned in the ancestral “begat” passages of Scripture, but the Holy Spirit inspired Matthew to include the following:
- * Tamar … She played the role of a harlot and tricked her father-in-law, Judah, into helping her become a mother (Genesis 38). Judah later admitted that his daughter-in-law had been “more righteous than I” (v. 26).
- * Rahab … She was a Canaanite woman who didn’t just play a harlot but was actually an active prostitute of Jericho (TableTalk attendees know her name can mean “open for business”!) before she deceived her own people and lied to protect the Israelites spies. But she acted in faith and “perished not with them that believed not” (Hebrews 11:31).
- * Ruth … She was a pagan Moabitess whose exemplary loyalty and devotion to her mother-in-law, Naomi, caused her to accept the true God of Israel as her own. Because of her life-changing faith, she was rewarded to become the great-grandmother of the beloved King David (Ruth 1-4).
- * Bathsheba … This wife of Uriah, a warrior in David’s army, came from noble descent as the daughter of Eliam (one of the king’s 30 “mighty men”) and granddaughter of Ahithophel (one of David’s most trusted counselors). But it was her adulterous affair with the king while her husband was at war for which she is most known (2 Samuel 11). The child of her sin died, but God forgave and allowed her to be the mother of Solomon, the wisest and richest man in the world! What a legacy!
- * Mary … Perhaps only a teenager when impregnated by the Holy Spirit, this Jewish virgin had to endure the village whispers and the threat of shamed fiancé Joseph to “put her away privately” (Matthew 1:19). But we learn in Luke’s account that Mary was a humble and joyful worshiper of God!
Luke 1:45 (quoted above) was spoken of Mary by her cousin Elizabeth, who was expecting John the Baptist, when the two mothers-to-be visited together. The angel of the Lord had told Mary that she was blessed and highly favored of God, but it was Elizabeth who tells us that Mary actually received and believed the word of the Lord and would see the miraculous conception come to pass!
So what’s the point, you ask? None of these women were a mother before God chose to bless and use them for His glory. He often uses moms and non-moms, regardless of their background or perceived value or worth, in direct response to their faith! Remember, who you are is never measured in God’s Kingdom by what you’ve done, but in Whom you have believed.
If you’re a mother, what an incredible privilege you have to pour that faith into your family! If you’re not a mom, our wonderful Lord can redeem your life and use you to spiritually nurture and raise up a generation of world-changers as well!
To God be the glory!