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"MOTHER'S DAY: CHRISTIAN MOTHERS"
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS, MAY 2015                    

“Mother’s Day” is on Sunday, May 10th and is designated to honor mothers! But many people forget that Jesus had a mother too (Mary) who raised him, his four brothers and two sisters. "Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?" (Matt. 13:55)

She raised him in preparation of his future ministry. Jesus showed his love towards his mother just before he died on the Cross when he gave His disciple John the responsibility of looking after her. (Jn.19:25–26)

In Acts 2:17-24, Paul points out that God shows no partiality or favoritism according to gender. Paul and Peter reminded the Church ”there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. (Gal 3: 28)

Peter made this clear on the Day of Pentecost referring to both men and women (Joel 2:28–32), “And it shall be that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2:21) and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”. (Acts 2:4,38)

In the early church, as today, women and men did “signs, wonders and miracles”. Hebrews 2:4 says, "God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.” Both men and women have always used the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:6–8; 1 Cor. 12:8–10). Just as Mary prepared Jesus for ministry, Christian mothers continue to prepare their children and husbands for ministry today.

As in the early churches, women continue to be preachers, teachers, missionaries and church leaders. Kathryn Kuhlman, an American faith healer and evangelist (May 9, 1907 – February 20, 1976), was asked at a conference, “Why are you doing this ministry because this is a man’s ministry?” Smiling, she answered, “I asked God that very question”, and He said, ‘Because no man would take the job!’”

I discovered that both Paul and Peter’s advice to women have been distorted by wrong translations of the Bible. When Paul wrote about wife and husband relationships, he said, “I want you to volunteer to minister to one another.” (Eph. 5:21) He further says “wives, I want you to volunteer to minister to your husband, as to the Lord” (Eph. 5:22). “As the church volunteers to minister to Christ, also let wives volunteer to minister to their husbands”. (Eph. 5:24; Col. 3:18; 1 Pet. 31) Paul knew this to be true because he was married and had children himself (1 Cor. 9: 5).

Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her...” (Eph. 5:21-24)

Christian “Mothers” are incredible women. Guided by the Holy Spirit, along with their husbands, they minister daily to their families. These families become mini-churches (Eph. 5:32) where both parents' point their children and/or family members to Jesus Christ as Saviour, Lord and God.

William Ross Wallace, "was an American poet, with Scottish roots, best known for writing 'The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Hand That Rules The World', was raised by his mother. His father was a Presbyterian Preacher who died when he was an infant .

               

It is incredible Christian women, who led by the Holy Spirit, God uses to minister to their families and to influence the world with Jesus is Lord, Saviour and God! I know this to be true because I am married to one! Amen!

 

 

Yours in Jesus,
 
Rev. Gordon Williams
 
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