A Mother’s Touch

Mother’s touch is a life giving touch

  • Physical life.  We are here because of our mothers.
    • Our mothers’ biological contribution to our lives was painful, a near death experience, through sickness, agony and many other words to describe the physical connection she had to your life.
    • Genesis 3:16 …in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children…  The introduction and entrance into the physical world appropriately reflects the type of world a soul has been born into.
    • That’s why the Lord says you must be born again.
  • Proverbs 31:12-22 you see all the things that she does to keep the life of her home
    • Psalms 113:9
    • Motherhood is a stewardship of life.  God uses a woman as a vessel to bring forth life and calls her wise or foolish depending how she stewards that home.  Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
  • A mother’s faith in the life of her children
    • Jochebed, Moses mother hiding Moses in the water to keep him alive.  Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

 Mother’s touch describes a careful touch

  • Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.  We are familiar with the influence a parent has on a child, but what about the influence of the child on the parent.
  • A child’s trouble is a mother’s trouble.  And a child’s trouble is a mother’s trouble in a way that it isn’t Dad’s trouble.
    • Sometimes mom’s intervention may need to be tempered.  Sometimes dad needs to handle the boys in a way that you don’t understand, but it needs to be done.  That’s disciplinary.
    • Prodigal child dealt with a dad and his son.  Mom allowed dad to do what needed to be done.
    • Other times a child’s trouble is mom’s trouble for a good reason.  And it takes the voice of mom to move the hand of God.  Mom, consider your influence on God!
      • Matthew 15:21-28
      • 2 Kings 4:27, the Shunammite’s son dies and her soul is vexed
  • Luke 17:32 Lot’s wife – a mother chained to her past.  Sometimes that care can be carried too far.
    • Regrets that destroyed her.  What should I have done?
    • Sometimes the regrets can be overwhelming, affecting the marriage
    • Focus on what can be done, not what can’t be done
    • Replace that worry about your mistakes with a trust in the Lord.  When you start to think about all you should’ve done different, stop and think about what the Lord CAN do and pray
    • Forgetting those things which are behind, Philippians 3:13.

Mother’s touch describes an influential touch

  • 2 Timothy 1:5 Lois and Eunice – Timothy becomes pastor of the Ephesian church.  We have a letter to the Ephesians because of his work.  And it was the unfeigned faith of his mother and grandmother that influenced him so heavily in God’s calling.
    • In a room of 120 pastors it was asked how many had been led to the Lord by their mother.  100 of them raised their hand.  I remember being on a drilling rig and getting a phone call from my wife telling me about one of the kids she had just led to the Lord.  I was led to the Lord by my mom.  There was clear Biblical instruction for Timothy from his mother and grandmother.
  • Consider the eternal influences
    • All influences have eternal consequences.  You are either influencing to get close to sin or influencing to get close to Jesus Christ.
    • Don’t talk yourself out of being the good influence because you think you know how it will turn out.  “There are going to be this way anyway, so we might as well…”  Don’t talk yourself out of being a good influence
  • Athaliah murdered her grandchildren to acquire the throne in 2 Kings 11
  • Eve’s detrimental influence on her children
  • Proverbs 6:20 the law of thy mother
  • Proverbs 31:1 the prophecy that his mother taught him
  • How about a mother’s influence on God?
    • Hannah – 1 Samuel 1 – her prayer, her lending Samuel to the Lord (how hard was that?!)  To see her adversary with children, then having only one of her own and giving him to the Lord, willingly separating herself from him.  But affecting the nation of Israel with her sacrifice and influence.
    • Hannah influenced a nation!