Honoring Mom
Delivered By
From Pastor David
Delivered On
May 16, 2019
Subject
Honoring Mom
Description

 Sam came running into the house with a big bright-eyed smile on his face. He was holding a pine cone stuffed with peanut butter rolled in bird seed that he’d made at school. He was so proud when he presented the gift to his mom. “You can hang it outside your window and watch the birds come and eat," he proudly proclaimed with a smile that wrapped from ear to ear.

"Oh, how wonderful," his mother told him as she hugged and thanked him. (I wonder if their cats also nodded with a silent thank you.)

Little children absolutely love making something special for Mom. They rarely wait until the actual holiday. As soon as their artwork is finished, they gleefully hand it to Mom as soon as they see her! Little children naturally want to please their parents. They want to give them something special, so they will receive smiles, hugs, and praise. They bare their hearts with reckless abandon and without reservation – open, loving, hopeful.

Sometimes, as adults, we forget the significance of the innocence we once carried as joyful little children and how important it is for our spiritual well-being. “Jesus Loves the Little Children” is more than a happy tune we used to sing. In Matthew 18, Jesus was explaining the Kingdom of Heaven, our future, our eternity, and our hope. He calls a little child to him as he spoke to his disciples. He says: “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:3-4 ESV)

At the time Jesus is telling His disciples this, they have already been following Him for years. They’ve witnessed Jesus feeding 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish. They’ve been with Him when He healed people from all kinds of illnesses and have heard many pearls of wisdom told to them in Jesus’ parables. Wouldn’t you think they knew by then how to get into Heaven? Evidently, they needed to catch the vision of humbling themselves like the child standing before them and so do we.

Here we are, all grown up. We’ve experienced life’s ups and downs. How can we regain the childlike perspective we once had?

Sam and his pine cone moment are good reminders for all of us. It’s likely that in the days preceding this fine gift from her son, that everything was not all positive and wonderful in both their lives. He may have even had a time out or felt jealous over his mother’s love for his siblings. None of those emotions trumped his all-out joy of sharing his heart with his Mom that Mother’s Day. He humbled himself, forgot any negativity, released all unforgiveness, jealousy, hurt, mixed emotions, or any other things that didn’t make sense to him.

This Mother’s Day let’s all be like kids again. Let’s consider how much Jesus treasured us from the moment we were born. As we confess our love for Him, repent of our sins and believe in Him with all our hearts, we’ll be joining Him in the Kingdom of Heaven. Let’s run to him with our arms held out like toddlers, tossing aside our hurts, confusion, and hard hearts. Our Heavenly Father will pick us up and delight in our vulnerability and our humbleness. Father God, on this Mother’s Day, please meet us where we are. Help us to honor our mothers by honoring You.

As we spend the day with loved ones or alone, please show us opportunities to rid ourselves of harmful emotions that build a wall between You and us. You allowed us all to come into this world as children. Help us now to be like children in our relationships with You, Lord Jesus. You are worthy of much more than a pine cone. Help us give ourselves freely to You. Amen