“Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise:” – Ephesians 6:2
The bible specifically teaches that we are to fix a high value upon our parents. Seeing that we are embarking upon Mother’s Day, let us consider the high honor that God expects us to have towards our mothers.
During the days of Jesus the social status of women were not highly regarded. However in the Hebrew family, the mother occupied a higher position than that of other women in other nations. The mother’s duties were primarily domestic in nature, but her domesticated work was not looked down upon as menial. On the contrary, the work of the mother in raising the children, keeping the household and family together was a never-ending work that added to the wealth of the family. As the father brought in what was needed the mother was the glue of the family hold everything together by handling the children and knowing how to care and prepare what her husband brought home.
Even though the social status of woman were not highly regarded in biblical times. Motherhood was considered to be something of high economic status. So a wise man would know that a wise woman would have good motherly instincts and a desire to elevate the whole family.
Albeit once the Lord Jesus was born into the world He elevated the social status of women and motherhood to the highest possible plane than ever before. It was the virgin Mary who was given the honor to birth the Messiah without any involvement of a man. During His ministry the Lord Jesus received all kinds of women as His disciples, which included many mothers. Lastly, Jesus knew to honor His mother. That is why one of the last things Jesus did while hanging on the cross was to give His elderly mother’s care to one of His beloved disciple.
The bible elevates women and especially motherhood to a high level. To disregard motherhood is an offence to God because the love and nurturing care of God is sometimes compared to that of a mother. That is why in the New Testament believers are called “children of God” (Galatians 3:26; 1 John 3:10 and 5:2).
Naturally, I do not know what it is like to be a mother – but I am the youngest of five children and I saw my mother’s love and care, while handling the improbable by God’s grace. Anyone should be able to observe that motherhood is a self-sacrificial life-style that continually deals with fixing, mending, and cleaning up everyday messes with a loving heart.
So I encourage you this Mother’s Day to honor your mother to her rightful biblical position, and thank her for who she is and all she has done. If you do not have that opportunity to thank your mother for whatever reason, then thank your heavenly Father for your earthly mother.
David C. Hale, pastor