What is a good mom?
2 Tim 1:5 “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”
Rom 16:13 “Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.”
There is more to these lists of names than you can see at first glance. There are 26 names mentioned in Rom 16. 6 of these names are women. In a male-oriented society, Paul could not mention the church without mentioning the significant role of women in that church.
In verse 13, Paul mentioned Rufus’ mother who he ascribes as a mother figure to him. We’re not sure if she helped him through sickness or she opened her home to him, but we can be sure she was very dear to him.
Mark tells us of Simon of Cyrene who carried Jesus’ cross. He had two sons, and one was named Rufus. This man’s wife might have been this same Rufus’ mother. This man, Simon, was the first who touched Jesus’ blood.
The Bible lists many mothers held in great, high, noble esteem, Rufus’ mom, Moses’ mom to name a few.
Being a parent, particularly for a woman, changes everything in his or her life.
There is a love that overwhelms all the difficulties of having babies. A mother continues to love and work even though there is little thanks. At times, she wants to give up, but she can’t. It’s an investment into a child’s life. It’s a picture of selfless love in its truest form.
Does the church, the mother of us all, do and feel the same way about new babes in the Lord?
Gal 4:26 “But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.”
Not the Jerusalem on earth, but heaven’s city, is free. That city is the mother of us all.
We know Who our Father is. But a child needs a father and a mother. The church is the mother. She gives that, ‘sincere milk of the Word.’
Prov 28:24 “Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.”
This is not only a biological father or mother, but this verse speaks of spiritual parents as well. Don’t rob from God (our Father) or the church (our Spiritual Mother).
We get our identity from our Father and Mother. There really is a mother—the church.
What kind of an identity are we passing on as a church body?
Luke 8:21 “And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.”
Jesus wasn’t being disrespectful to His mother. He was making the point that those who hear the Word of God, and do it, are His mother and family.
The mother is like a city of refuge.
Psalm 46:1-11 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”
Both God and the Church are meant to be our refuge.
A mother, heavy and burdened in love can flow like no other to their child. When adversity takes place, you’ve got a safe place in your mom. Friends desert in trials, but mom won’t desert you. The church is the mother of us all and will be there for you in every place of your life. There is power and refreshing and something about being in the house of God that fills you up! It’s momma’s arms, it’s the love of God that flows through.
How can we as a church fulfill that calling to be a ‘city of refuge’? What are we doing right? What could we improve? How do we need to change the way we think?
Isa 25:4 “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”
Psalm 27:1-5 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”
In the crazy storms of life, seek for shelter. The church is your shelter. There is peace that passes understanding.
This Bible study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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