Pastor's Column - May 7, 2014

Mothers are a blessing from God

This upcoming Sunday marks a day that has been celebrated in the life of our nation for over 100 years.
It is the day we remember, honor, and cherish a very special person without whom we would not exist. It is of course Mother's Day.
Many of our churches will recognize them with flowers, the restaurants will be packed, and Hallmark's stock will rise with all the cards purchased.
I am grateful for two very special mothers in mylife, the one who raised me and the one who now raises my children.
What a blessing from God to have godly mothers in one's life. Here I must ask the question, what does it take to be a godly mother? What does it take for a mother to make an impact on a child that goes beyond this earth and lasts eternally into God's Kingdom?
Perhaps there is no better place to find these answers than in the Bible's account of a young woman named Mary, who would be the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. From her story we can see at least three helpful truths that point the way to being a godly mother.
First, it takes the favor of God. In her visit from an angel Mary was told to not be afraid for you have found favor with God. (Luke 1:30). Favor is another word for grace. It describes undeserved and unmerited love. Mary was likely a poor, illiterate, unmarried, teenage girl. She wasn't up for the task of being a mother, much less the mother of Jesus. Yet God chose her anyway. What a great reminder for our mothers that you don't have to be the best cook, neatest housekeeper, or proficient in helping with Algebra homework to earn God's favor. God truly helps those who cannot help themselves. It is in our weaknesses that His greatness is seen.
Second, it takes faith in God. Once the angel had told Mary of God's plan for her she had to believe. In accepting this calling she responded, "For nothing will be impossible with God." (Luke 1:37)
Mothers, how is your faith in God? Do you believe that on the cross He did everything necessary to save you and forgive you of your sins? Do you believe He can bring back a wayward child? An abusive, alcoholic husband? Can He heal the wounds in your heart and conquer the insecurities you battle each day?
Finally, it takes a focus on Jesus. Mary's life was never about exalting herself. Her obsession was on her child, Jesus. (Luke 1:46-47) From the day of His birth when she pondered the shepherd's words until the day she watched Him hang on a cross dying for the sins of the world her life was a process of being yielded to Him.
Mothers, will you begin each day by focusing on Jesus? Throughout each day will you serve Him and teach others about Him? Most importantly will you find your identity and self-worth in Him and His righteousness?
Mothers, I pray you have a wonderful day. May you feel loved and honored, but most of all may you find Jesus to be your greatest treasure.
Rev. Jamie Wootten is the pastor of Winfield Heights Baptist Church in Williston.