With Mother’s Day coming this Sunday, I want to take a moment and encourage the women of our body. I did say women and not mothers because I believe that there is more to motherhood than having children. There are women who have not been able to have children who have very much been mothers just as there are women who have physically had children and have not been mothers at all. Motherhood is a heart. Motherhood is a calling. Motherhood is God-ordained to make a difference.
When I think of motherhood in the Bible, I think about Timothy’s mother and grandmother who were people of faith (2 Timothy 1:5). It is likely that Timothy’s father, who was a Greek, was dead (Acts 16:3), so both his mother and grandmother played an influential role in his spiritual upbringing, teaching him the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:14-15). Their faithfulness and obedience to God had a powerful effect on Timothy’s life. They were instruments in the hands of God, used to bring Timothy to salvation and to equip him for ministry.
In Titus 2, Paul gives instructions for older women to “teach what is good” to younger women. You see, motherhood doesn’t end when the children leave the home, but invests itself in future generations. It instructs young women in what it means and looks like to be a woman of God. Godly women have a powerful effect outside their home as well. I can’t help but think about women in our body who are investing in younger women. Praise God for you!
I can’t think about motherhood without thinking about my own mother. A women who was committed to her husband, committed to her children, but most importantly committed to her Lord. She didn’t grow up in a Christian home, but God graciously redeemed her. She didn’t have all the answers but she continued to pursue Christ in His Word and that faithfulness was blessed by God in the lives of her children. God has used Jonita Blount to have a powerful effect in the lives of many throughout the years. Those in her home and those outside her home.
Let me encourage the women of FBCER to be Holy women who hope in God (1 Peter 3:5). Women who God is using to have a powerful effect in the lives of your families and others outside your home. Your husband needs you, your children need you, future generations need you, and our body needs you. God has purposefully designed you and given you a specific calling. Use it to make a difference for His kingdom. Let me encourage the men of FBCER to encourage and pray for the women in your life and in our body; that they may be special vessels in the hands of our God, set apart for a special work. Pray that God would use them to have a powerful effect in the lives of others.
For His glory and your joy,