Motherhood, the Greatest Calling

Posted on May 7, 2011


What is the greatest calling a person could have? Is it a missionary, evangelist, pastor, teacher, etc.? No, the Greatest calling one could have, is to be a mother. Obviously, without mothers,  there would be none of the people that I just listed. And. . . without Godly mothers, these aforementioned people would be few and far between. Suffice it to say, that a mother’s job is not to be taken lightly.
Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Motherhood is a great responsibility, one that can have great or disastrous results. When God blesses you with a child, it is as if he says “I have entrusted this child to you, love him as I love you, and
teach him my ways so that he may serve me. He is your responsibility.” If you are the mother of a child growing up in today’s world, you may sometimes wonder how much of an impact you are having on your child’s life. At times, the influences of teachers, peers, television, video games, and even the government may seem to outweigh your own. But consider the example of Jochebed, the mother of Moses. She lived in extremely difficult times, and had limited say over what would happen to her son. Yet she used what opportunity she did have to affect his growth and development. First she exercised bold faith by refusing to put him to death

Exodus 1:15–16 (NKJV)

15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah;

16 and he said, “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.”

Exodus 2:1–10 (NKJV)

1 And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi.

2 So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months.

3 But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank.

4 And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

Here we see that God honored her faith, not only by preserving the baby’s life, but also by arranging circumstances that allowed Jochebed to serve as his nurse—and mother.

Exodus 2:5–10 (NKJV)

5 Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it.

6 And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”

7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?”

8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the maiden went and called the child’s mother.

9 Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.

10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, “Because I drew him out of the water.”

The history of Moses’ life makes it apparent that Jochebed helped to shape her son’s character. The fact that as an adult he unashamedly identified with the Hebrews and the God of Israel, despite his connections to the royal court, is a testimony to Jochebed’s influence during those formative years.

Next, let’s look at Timothy’s mother.
 2 Timothy 1:5 (NKJV)

5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

Here we see an example of a faithful mother. A faithfulness which can be traced back to his mother’s mother, and his mother’s faith is now found in him.

2 Timothy 3:15 (NKJV)

15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

We see that she taught him the scripture, from his youth. You can start by teaching them Bible songs and reading Bible stories, even as babies.  They should be singing about Jesus before they ever start singing about Barney. Teach and ask questions, ensure that they are listening. Doing so will have positive reults, and we see an example of the result in Timothy. He became a man of great faith. In fact, his faith was so great that he was admired by the likes of Paul. Timothy became a pastor, and undoubtedly had a tremendous influence. However, just as there are tremendous blessing from being a Godly mother, to neglect that duty will bring disastrous consequences.
Judges 2:10–13 (NKJV)

10 When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.

11 Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals;

12 and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the Lord to anger.

13 They forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.

Because that generation had not been properly raised in the Scriptures, there arose a generation that did not know God, and lead the nation down a path of ruin. Unfortunately, this has become all too common in our own society. Too many mothers do not take their job seriously, and our nation is on a downward spiral. (Please understand that I am not letting the fathers off the hook, it’s just that they are not the sublect of this post). Thank God for godly mothers, they are an invaluable asset to our community, but the ungodly mothers have the power to cause great tragedies, both in the lives of their children, and succeeding generations.

Being a Godly mother begins with conditioning yourself. Biblical training begins at home, church is a supplement, not a substitute. It cannot take the place of a God-centered, Bible teaching, praying home life. If your faith is not strong, you cannot instill a strong faith in your child. How can you expect your child to trust what you don’t? If you don’t study and know the scripture, how can you teach your child? You cannot teach what you don’t know. You need to spend time every day in Bible study and prayer. If your child doesn’t see you pray, how will he learn to pray?  They mimic what
their parents do, and DON’T do. To be a good mother, you must first start with your own life.

As a mother, you probably have much more opportunity than Jochebed did to influence your child, but it will be gone before you know it. Are you taking advantage of those few short years of your young one’s childhood to make a positive, lasting contribution to the glory of God? Make sure you are up to the task.  Prepare yourself, take your job seriously, and train your child in the way he should go. . . while you still have a chance.