May 9, 2021

Encouragement for Mothers

Passage: Prov 31:10-31

Our culture today is increasingly hostile toward the biblical, traditional model of motherhood. In fact, culture today tells us that there is no correct model of motherhood. A mother can be and do virtually anything. A man can pretend to be a mother these days. From the culture’s perspective, motherhood is a real mess; nobody knows what it is. Our culture does not respect women who choose to be mothers and homemakers. And that’s a great tragedy.

Because Christians operate from a biblical perspective, we recognize the value of motherhood. We ought to exalt and uplift mothers. In contrast to our ungodly culture that pressures women to avoid motherhood, Christians ought to uphold, support, and promote mothers and motherhood.

Illus.:  Perhaps you heard the recent news that the US birthrate declined by 4% in 2020, creating the 2nd lowest birthrate on record since the 18th century. 25 states had more deaths than births last year. One doctor said, “The birthrate is the lowest it’s ever been.”[1] That tells us something about how our culture feels about motherhood.

The Bible teaches us to avoid following the ungodly pattern of this world (Rom 12:2). Our society is increasingly hostile to biblical ideas about the home and family. As Christians, we must retain and strengthen our commitment to biblical ideals and expectations, no matter what the world is saying. We must intentionally reject the world’s point of view when it contradicts what the Bible clearly teaches. And that is especially important as we consider the roles of men and women in the family.

CS Lewis once said, “Homemaking is surely … the most important work in the world.” I would agree with that viewpoint. We should all have great respect and appreciation for our mothers and for all women who raise children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. On Mother’s Day especially, and on every day, we should honor mothers and promote motherhood.

I want this message to be encouraging to mothers. I want mothers to be strengthened to persevere in their work of motherhood. I want young women to see the value of marriage and motherhood. We should all be committed to following biblical principles of motherhood.

So let’s consider several biblical truths that should encourage mothers in their role and their duties as a mother.

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/05/us/us-birthrate-falls-covid.html

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