Motherhood Involves Leadership
One of my favorite women of the Bible is Deborah, found in the Old Testament book of Judges. Deborah was a prophet called by God. She heard from God and spoke the words of God to God’s people. Not only was she a prophet, but she was a judge over Israel during the time when God chose judges rather than kings to oversee His people. The Israelites would seek out Deborah for her wisdom and her judgment on matters (Judges 4:4-5, NLT). Having heard from the Lord, Deborah instructed others to prepare for battle and to also expect victory. Additionally, Deborah made herself available to go with those headed for battle. Barak, a leader of troops, would not go into battle without Deborah. Her presence brought assurance to those around her (Judges 4:6-8, NLT). In the victory song, it is written:
Judges 5:7 (NLT) —There were few people left in the villages of Israel — until Deborah arose as a mother for Israel.
Yes, Deborah was a leader. Deborah was a mother.
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Motherhood Involves Serving
Mary encountered an angel who explained how she would become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God. She later responds, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true” (Luke 1:38). Mothers have an important mission and it takes a servant’s heart to accomplish it. Service with a purpose is what motherhood is all about. Mary raised Jesus, cared for him, and she was supportive of him in living out his calling here on earth. Mothers serve as a catalyst bringing their children to the point of stepping out into their callings and then being supportive as they continue to move forward. This mission of motherhood glorifies God. Motherhood says, “I am the Lord’s servant.”
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Motherhood Involves Developing Faith In Others
Paul also recognized the impact mothers have on others developing in faith and serving God. In calling recognition to Rufus “whom the Lord picked out to be his very own,” Paul also makes note of “his dear mother, who has been a mother to me” (Romans 16:13, NLT). Additionally, Paul mentions that Timothy shared “the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice”. Paul tells Timothy “that same faith continues strong in you” (2 Timothy 1:5, NLT). Older women (mothers) are to live in a way that honors God, teach others what is good, and train (or mentor) younger women how to live godly and care for their families (Titus 2:3-5, NLT). Motherhood not only develops self but develops others as well.
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Motherhood Is To Be Celebrated
We celebrate moms, step-moms, and all the women who have taken on a mother-figure role in the lives of many. We stand and bless them for all they do and for all the sacrificial love poured out by them.
Proverbs 31:28-29 (NLT) – Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”
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