The Mother in the Last Days

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By Samuel D. Geroy
   The celebration of Mothers’ Day this month of May is a reminder to everyone about the important role of the Christian mother in a believer’s life. Every man or woman of God achieved the height of his/her achievement in godliness and service greatly because of a faithful mother who loved, cared, disciplined and guided him/her to be the kind of person God wanted them to be.
   Some mothers are like Leah, a strong woman and wife who overcame the insecurity of being unloved by her husband Jacob. She fought for his love (Genesis 29:16-35) and for the care of her six sons and one daughter (Genesis 30:21). Her loyalty to her husband and children was honored by God and was later recognized by Jacob himself in his old age when he left word that he will be buried beside Leah in the family mausoleum in the cave of Macpelah (Genesis 49:29-31). God greatly honored her by choosing one of her sons, Judah, to bear the family of kings (through David) from whose line will be born the Savior of the world through Mary, wife of Joseph. No other woman was given such a high honor in all of human history.
   Another great woman was prophetess Deborah, wife of a man named Lapidoth (Judges 4:4) who summoned the leader and warrior Barak to fight God’s enemies- Jabin, king of Canaan and his general Sisera (Judges 4, 5). God gave them a great victory but the honor of slaying Sisera was given to a woman, Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite (Judges 4:17-22). She slew him while asleep in her tent. What courage to do God’s will no matter the danger.
   The greatest example of a mother was Mary, the mother of Jesus. When Gabriel told her about her pregnancy of God’s Son she responded: “I am the Lord’s servant…” Luke 1:38. The rest is history- she went through the pregnancy, birth, and care for the Lord Jesus Christ until manhood. At the cross, she accepted the reality that Apostle John will care for her in old age. Perhaps, the brothers and sisters, so called, of Jesus, did not yet believe in Him. They did later, like James, who wrote the letter by his name and then served the Jerusalem church.
   Mary showed the joy and victory of submission to God’s will.
   The Holy Spirit manifested the attributes of motherhood in caring for the children of God. A believer is born into God’s family by the spiritual birth generated by the Spirit, John 3:3, 5. Then he grows in wisdom, John 14:26; is sanctified, Rom 15:16; edified, Acts 9:3; receives joy, Romans 14:17; and hope, Rom 15:13; performs miracles, Matthew 12:28, Acts 19:11; indwells the believers, Jn 14:17, 1 Cor 14:25; gives comfort, Acts 9:31; edifies him, Acts 9:3; imparts love, Rom 15:13; guides into all truth, John 14:26, 16:13; directs decisions of the Church, Isa 30:2; and makes believers remember when they forget truths, John 14:28.
   The gifts of the Spirit is given by the Father without measure, and is received through faith, Gal 3:15. They are given as an abundant, permanent and continued favor, and is received by faith as evidence of the believers’ union with Christ, 1 John 3:20, 4:13. All Christians are baptized with the Spirit and united with Christ and with each other. Each believer is given a spiritual enablement and capacity for specific service, 1 Corinthians 12-14.
   Given to every believer is the fruit of the Spirit in a bunch- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control against which there is no law, Galatians 5:22,23; depending on the situation, the need, and his maturity.
   The character and gift of the Spirit is a truly great insight and value into motherhood in the last days. May we deepen our understanding of the role of the Christian mother in the family and in the Church. May we respect, understand and honor their role and dedication in the Church.