Study and Sermons

EUMC 5-10-2020

Mother’s Day

A Message for Women and Mothers

Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:16 (NIV)

For many of us we can recall an influential woman who helped to shape our lives. Perhaps one of the most influential was your mother.

Today, women and mothers have tremendous influence in the lives of others, not only children. The life of a women often involves her being committed to a career, raising a family, not to mention her relationship with God, that emanates trust, understanding, and Biblical wisdom, in everyday life. 

Paul said, “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood” (Acts 20:28 NIV). And again, “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16). *Paul’s indication that false teachers have gone astray (vs. 4:16).

Paul’s teachings are timeless in that, even today unless we ourselves are full of faith, hope, and love, we are unable to offer this to others.

1 Timothy 4:6-10 6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

God is pleased to utilize His people as instruments in bringing others to know Him! 

Paul’s teachings are meant to encourage all people, not to be discouraged, for oftentimes it may seem that we are less ‘persistent’ (1 Timothy 4:16), due to the type of day or circumstance we are involved.

The good news is that when we choose to live a life daily in Christ, and allow God to work within us, to benefit as He intends. This sanctification is a work of God which demands the cooperative activity of the Christian (Phil. 2:12). 

So, no matter what the day has in store, women (and men) can bring their cares and concerns to God and be assured they are in His divine hands. Even when the issues are serious, we can trust and obey God ourselves, and encourage others, even in difficult times.

Perhaps the greatest impact you have on others will be when they see you modeling Godly character and trusting the Lord amid everyday life. They also will want to have God in their lives. The Lord can do much through Godly women (and men).

Suggested Reading – 1 Timothy Chapter 4