In general, mothers have the responsibility of caring for their families, and to raise their children to be responsible citizens. The Christian mother’s role however, goes beyond that. She is empowered by the Holy Spirit to also raise God-fearing children, by biblical instruction, and also by example.
King Lemuel’s mother, mentioned in Proverbs 31:1 instructed her son on godliness, but she also lived an exemplary life. She was God –fearing, hardworking, generous and kind, industrious, trustworthy, and never idle.
In addition, a Christian mother has the privilege and the responsibility of praying with, and for her children. Being able to move the hand of God in the lives of our children is truly a wonderful privilege that all mothers should embrace, and take seriously.
Moses instructed the Israelites on how to handle the Word of God: “Commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your foreheads as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish …” (Deuteronomy 11:18-21 NLT).
What an amazing responsibility! It even comes with a promise—that the family will flourish! A mother cannot retire from the responsibilities of motherhood, no matter how old her children get. We might not be able to instruct them, but we can and should encourage and pray for them and their families. Until we each take our last breath we will be on prayer duty! In addition, we can adopt spiritual children and pray for them as well.
Mothers, God bless you for all you do, both seen and in secret. May our children arise and call us blessed! Happy Mother’s Day!