A Mother Teaches Her Children
2 Tim 1:5-8 NAS
Notice the word sincere in verse five. It is used 5 times in the New Testament. Twice it is translated as
". . . without hypocrisy. . . ", Note Rom. 12:9 and James 3:17.
Rom 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. NAS
James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. NAS
Today I am focusing on the teaching of mothers but I want everyone to
apply this truth. Everyone of us ought to teach what we know about the
1. A Mother Teaches Her Children about Salvation. v 5
A. Mother Taught because . . Grandma Taught Her.
v 5 a
For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, . . . "
B. Mother Taught because . . Timothy Should Hear.
v 5 b
". . . and I am sure that it is in you as well. "
After one of the battles of the Civil War, a chaplain came to see a man who had not much time left to live. He took the young soldier's hand and said, "Brother, what can I do for you?"
The boy replied, "I want you to kneel down and return thanks for me." An unusual request from someone who is dying. "Thanks for what?" asked the chaplain.
And the soldier said, "Thank him for my mother. Thank him that because of her I am a Christian. What would I do now if I were not a Christian?" Knights Illustrations p 421
Mothers are among the best evangelist in the world
2. A Mother Teaches Her Children about Giving Time. v 5-6
A. Giving Time To . . Prompt of God's Blessing.
v 6 a
And for this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you. . . "
B. Giving Time To . . Pass on God's Blessing. v
6 b - 7
". . . through the laying on of my hands, 7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline
Illustration Adapted Bombeck story (Theology is not correct)
"It was into his sixth day, as God was creating the model for mothers. An angel appeared and said, "you're sure doing a lot of fiddling around with this one." She has to be completely washable, (but not plastic) have 180 movable parts, (all replaceable) run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that disappears when she stands up; have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knuckle, to a broken leg, to a disappointed love affair; and six pairs of hands."
The angel shook her head slowly and said, "six pairs of hands. . . No way!" "It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's the three pair of eyes!"
"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. The Lord nodded, "one pair that sees through closed doors, when she asks, `what are you kids doing in there,' when she already knows. A second pair here in the back of the head that sees what she shouldn't have, but of course she has to know. And still a third pair in the front that can look at a child when he/she goofs up, that say without so much as uttering a word, `I love you.'"
"Lord," said the angel touching God's sleeve, "come to bed, take it up again tomorrow." "I can't," said the Lord, "I am so close to creating something just like myself."
Already I have one that heals herself when she is sick, can feed a family of six with one pound of hamburger, and get a nine year old to stand under a shower."
The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," he sighed.
"But tough" said the Lord, excitedly! "You can't imagine what this mother can do, and endure!"
"Can it think?" asked the angel. "Not only think, but it can reason and compromise!" Finally the angel, bent over and ran her finger across the model's cheek. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."
"It's not a leak," said the Lord, "it's a tear."
"What's it for?" asked the angel.
"It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride."
"You are a genius!" exclaimed the angel.
That illustration limits God. He is much greater than that but I am
glad he took time to make Good Mothers; because they take time for children.
3. A Mother Teaches Her Children about Giving Talent. v 7
A. Because of What God . . Has Not Given. v 7 a
"For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, . . . "
B. Because of What God . . Has Given. v 7 b
". . . but of power and love and discipline.
A Sunday School teacher asked her pupils, "Now, children, do you all say your prayers at night?"
A little boy answered: "My MUMMY says my prayers."
"I see," said the teacher, "and what does your Mummy SAY?"
"THANK YOU LORD, HE'S FINALLY IN BED!"
Illustration George Beverly Shea's Mother
Every hymn he sings is a testimony to the saving power of Jesus Christ and to Shea's faith in Him. He is a noteworthy composer, and the songs he has written incorporate the same message. He composed the music at age 23 to one of his best-known solos, "I'd Rather Have Jesus," to words by Mrs. Rhea H. Miller. The poem had been left on the family piano by Shea's mother, and after reading the words he sat at the piano and composed the tune. He also wrote "The Wonder of It All," "Sing Me A Song of Sharon's Rose," and "I Love Thy Presence, Lord." http://www.billygraham.org/about/ georgebshea.asp
You may remember George Beverly Shea's desire to be a famous singer.
He was offered a finical secure job at a radio station. His mother place
the poem "I'd rather have Jesus" on his piano. The rest is history.
4. A Mother Teaches Her Children about Giving Treasure. v 8
A. Giving the Treasure of . . Testimony. v 8 a
"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; . . . "
B. Giving the Treasure of . . Tolerating. v 8 b
". . . but join with me in suffering for the gospel . . . "
C. Giving the Treasure of . . Power. v 8 c
". . . according to the power of God, "
My mother taught me about tithing. When I got my first pay check she asked me about tithing. She asked do you want God's blessing on your money or a curse? It was a simple choice for me. It was the teaching of mother that convinced me to tithe.
Yesterday on the phone I asked Jim McNiel if he's mother taught him to tithe. He said yes. He made $1.00 a week bagging groceries. He paid his dime to the Lord
A few months ago I was in St. Louis and took my Mom out for lunch. She asked me if I could take her by the church and I said sure. We walked in together and mom said "I want to give my tithe so it will be here Sunday."
My mother's hearing is so bad she does not go to church. She listens to Charles Stanley on T V because he has closed captioning on his telecast. My mom supports that ministry but she mails in her tithe.
My mom is still teaching me about tithing. What about you and your children?