North Anderson Baptist Church
Mother’s Day - The Blessed Mother
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Domingo 10:30 AM
What a joy to be in the presence of so many mothers! Thank you for being with us today. Being with their family brings joy to the hearts of mothers. I know that is the way it is with Lynda and her mom. Although, for some families, sometimes that is not possible or even desirable.

Susan called her mother and got her answering machine: “If you are a salesperson press one. If you are a friend, press two. If you’re my daughter who never calls, press 9-1-1 because the shock will probably give me a heart attack.”

Today we are going to look at a famous passage but only focus on one verse.
Many of you have heard it said by WLFJ that, “If we have been a blessing to you, won’t you be a blessing to us.” If anyone has been a blessing to you, it has been mother. I admit not every mother is a blessing and there are sure to be some mothers who haven’t been to their families what they wished for but on the whole, most mothers are admired and loved by their families. It is this kind of mother we see Proverbs 31. Was she perfect, no, but the Scripture seemed to paint a great picture of this woman who was a faithful mother and also a faithful wife and citizen as well. If you go back into the passage you will see what kind of woman she was: strong, caring, of noble character, hard worker, not lazy, talented and skilled, willing to teach her children, wise, faithful but most of all she was a woman who feared the Lord.

This passage is used many times as a funeral passage for women who were great wives and mothers. I have used this Scripture like that too. Today, I would like to show honor and appreciation to the mothers we have here, as well as those who have gone on before us in death. As with my mother, she has been gone from our family for almost twenty years now. That seems so hard to believe. Many of you have just lost your mother in death and the pain is still so real. Let me assure you there will be less pain but not less the memories of your beloved mother. For many of you, it has been a long time ago since your mother died because you are much older now yourself, with grandchildren and great ones too, but the memories are still fresh and warm. For some of you, you are hurting physically and emotionally because you are dealing with a very sick mother. Regardless of what status we are in with our mothers, count your blessings for they are many.

If your mother is not with you anymore now is a great time to remember and call out those blessings that she was to you and the family. Use this day to sit together as a family to discuss the times you had, the good and bad experiences that made you and your family what they are because of your mother. Bless her even though she may be gone because you will be better for doing so. The writer of Proverbs says, “Her children arise and call her blessed.” That is what you will be doing when you recall all the life experiences you have had with your mother and grandmother as well. I realize this isn’t “Grandmother’s Day,” if there is such a day, but many of us here may have had a grandmother who was more of a mother than our own biological mother. Celebrate her as well if she has meant much to you.

I love to remember things about my mom and speak blessings regarding her, for I know she gave up much for me and took great care of me. We were close and I was the most “wonderful son ever!!!!” She loved me more than all the rest!!!! Ha! Ha! To my brother and sister. The baby almost always has the last laugh! Thanks mom for the great times we had and the precious love you gave to me all those years as a kid, but thanks also for wanting to come and live with us and share your last days in our home, like I spent my first days in your home. Much of what I am today I owe to you, my mom.
Thomas Edison paid a beautiful tribute to his mother when he said, “I did not have my mother long, but she cast over me an influence that has lasted all my life. The good effects of her early training I can never lose. If it had not been for her appreciation and her faith in me at a critical time in my experience, I should never have become an inventor. I was always a careless boy, and with a mother of different mental calibre, I should have turned out badly. But her firmness, her goodness, were potent powers to keep me in the right path. My mother was the making of me. The memory of her will always be a blessing.”
For those of you who are here today and your mother is still alive, if you see her today or talk with her, one way or the other, be thankful, be very thankful she is still with you and treat her with kindness and gratitude for who she is and what she has done for you and your family. Spoil her and care for her in special ways today. Don’t let her make the meal and wash the dishes and clean up after you; for once let her sit down and you do everything she would normally do so you can show her how much she means to you, so give her a rest!

Sweet words from her family is really all some mothers ask for. The way you treat this special lady in the home will go a long way to rewarding her for all her labor on your behalf. Many mothers love presents, flowers and special gifts of trips and vacations while others just want their families around them to serve and care for them. I know some moms rarely get to see their children and it is sad to see and hear of that. Do whatever it takes to see your own mother, not just your spouse’s mother.
I think of the three ladies who were bragging about their grown sons. The first said, “You should have seen what my boy did for me on my birthday! He threw a big party at a fancy restaurant - he hired a big band to come and play.” The second lady said, “that’s nice, but listen to what my son did. Last winter he gave me an all-expense-paid cruise to the Greek islands - all first class. The third lady said, “That’s nothing! For the last three years my son has been paying a psychiatrist $150 an hour two times a week - and the whole time he talks about nothing but me!”

Boy what love!
How do you “rise up and bless” your mother? Maybe, if you asked your mother you might get a hint. But, from this scripture, blessing your mother or wife, seems to be the way you see her and comment about her and her life given in devotion to her children and husband. The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible says of this Hebrew word “Ashar” which means “to bless” is never used of God but only reserved for man. The study Bible commentary on this word also says, “This verb is used when a man has done something positive deserving of congratulations and blessings.” It is the same as in Psalm 2:12, Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Or “trust in Him.” He or she is the one who “trust in the Lord without equivocation.”
I can see that this is a woman who looks to the Lord to supply all her family’s needs and therefore the family blesses her.

I also like what I read in verse 25, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” What does that mean? One writer has said that this is a mother that has such confidence in the Lord and the abilities that she has been given that she can face the future and not be concerned. She can laugh in the face of the future! She is a woman of character. This is a mother who gives her life for her family and does not regret it.
A woman was calling on a friend whose children were brought in. The caller said, evidently with no thought of the meaning of her words, “Oh, I’d give my life to have two such children,” to which the mother with her subdued earnestness replied, “That’s exactly what it costs.”
Let’s look at verses 30 and 31, 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

When a woman fears the Lord she makes a great mother and wife. It is this fear of God that makes a woman more beautiful in the eyes of her family rather than the fleeting, outward beauty of the body. And when a woman fears God then the works of her hands are for the glory of the God she serves. Those works become the subject of praise from not only her family but those who truly know her. Dear ladies, today that is why we can truly tell you who are not our mothers, we see the good and Godly works of your hands and we can praise God and bless you for works are to the glory of God. Being a child of God is a gift and those today who have that gift are truly blessed of God.

If there are mothers here today that have not yet received this gift of God now is a great time to come in faith believing that Jesus Christ is the true and living God who can take away your sin and give you eternal life.

Husbands it is time you take the bull by the horns and praise your wife for the mother she is and the great wife she has been to you. Share your gratitude for the great contribution to the family that you as a man could not give. Only a committed woman can do what it takes to provide for her family. Yes, once in awhile there are a few men who make good mothers, because they have to, since there is not a mother in the picture, either through death or divorce, and you, the dad, have become the mother too. But this is Mother’s Day not Father’s Day and that is another sermon!
There have been a many a mother who have spent time on her knees praying for her children, and not just the wayward ones, but for them all. I think I have shared this before but it bears sharing again.

Susanna Wesley spent one hour a day alone in the presence of God in prayer even though she had seventeen children. She prayed for all her children and two of them served the Lord as preachers in the midst of God bringing revival to England. Billy Sunday, the great revival preacher of days gone by, once said, “All hell cannot tear a boy or girl away from a praying mother.”

Yes, family rise up and bless and praise this woman who is the mother in your home. But mothers, seek to live up to the Proverbs 31 mother and woman so that your family can and will “arise and bless” you, so you may be The Blessed Mother.

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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