May 10, 2020 | Lee Becknell

“Missions Begins with Godly Mothers.”

    Text: 2 Timothy 1:5, 3:14-17

    Illus. A little boy forgot his lines in a Sunday school presentation. His mother was in the front row to prompt him. She gestured and tried to mouth the words silently, but it did not help. Her son’s memory was blank. Finally, she leaned forward and whispered the cue, "I am the light of the world." The child beamed and with great feeling and a loud clear voice said, "My mother is the light of the world." (Bits and Pieces, August, 1989).
    * We were coming home from a Squadron picnic when I was with the Marine Air Wing. Carilee said, “Dad knows everybody and Mom knows everything!”
    * Where would we be without Godly Mothers?
    Title: “Missions Begins with Godly Mothers.”
    Theme: “Mothers do influence their sons and daughters! One of life’s greatest blessings is to have a godly mother. And, thus, one of the greatest gifts you can give your children is to be a godly mother. Through faith in God and by honoring His Word, godly mothers have great influence as they train their children.”
    * Beloved, I thank the Lord for my wonderful mother. She taught me to read the Bible, tithe and give to mission. I remember when I was a little boy my mother and father would open our home to missionaries when they were visiting our church.
    * My favorite was Hank Skeltama. He was with ABWE in Brazil. I remember sitting on the floor in our home listening to him tell stories about the men, women and boys and girls that were coming to Jesus Christ. I remember the Anaconda skin that would stretch across the entire church. I remember Hank shooting a blow gun at shoe boxes my dad would hold up over his head.
    * My favorite story was the one he told about the Anaconda killing Children on the amazon. Some of you may remember it?
    * I remember as a child giving my money to missionaries like Hank!
    * Remember we are in Missions month at FBCR. On May 31st we will take a pledge on what our church will financially do for missions this year.
    * Today, on Mother’s day I going to share with you how mothers can make a positive impact on missions.
    * What we learn is important.
    2 Timothy 3:14, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it.”
    * By the time Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, the young pastor had been ministering to the church at Ephesus for four years, and it had been almost that long since he had received his first letter from Paul.
    * I’d like to elevate the role of godly mothers by looking at the influence a godly mother and grandmother had on Timothy.
    2 Timothy 1:5, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”
    * The word “sincere” means, literally, “not hypocritical.” It is possible to have a hypocritical, not genuine form of faith. Phony faith is the mask that we put on in front of church members or out in public, but it’s set aside in the home.
    * Godly mothers are women of sincere faith. Notice that Paul says he was reminded of the faith that Timothy’s grandmother, Lois, and in his mother, Eunice when he looked at the life of this young man named Timothy.
    Acts 16:1-5, “Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.”
    * The things that Timothy’s mother taught him prepared him to go on this missionary journey with the Apostle Paul.
    * Beloved, the armies of the living God and the armies of the Great Dragon are on the move. If you are not giving to missions, you are not helping the kingdom of God. This week I read an article in the Christian Post.
    * Let me read this to you: “While Samaritan's Purse has treated hundreds of COVID-19 patients at its field hospital in Central Park, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson demanded that the Christian charity leave the city over its biblical views on homosexuality. “It is time for Samaritan's Purse to leave NYC. This group, led by the notoriously bigoted, hate-spewing Franklin Graham, came at a time when our city couldn't in good conscience turn away any offer of help. That time has passed,” Johnson wrote on Twitter Saturday. “Their continued presence here is an affront to our values of inclusion, and is painful for all New Yorkers who care deeply about the LGBTQ community."
    * Beloved their values of inclusion do not include Christianity! What they are saying is: “Christians are not welcome in New York City!”
    * There is a battle going on and the children of God need to get in the game. The LGBTQ community is welcome at FBCR, they are welcome in my home, they are welcome in my family, they are welcome in my heart.
    * I might disagree with them but I still love them and stand for them to have their own beliefs and viewpoints. Sadly, the same curtsies are not return to me or others that believe God’s word says this is not the life style that is pleasing to Him.
    * Godly mothers honor God’s Word and train their children in it.
    2. What we affirm becomes our principles for life.
    2 Timothy 3:14, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it.”
    * In the most reliable manuscripts of verse 14, “whom” is plural, pointing to Lois and Eunice, as well as to the Apostle Paul. The phrase, “knowing from whom you have learned them” points to the reality of God’s Word in these people who had influenced Timothy.
    * He could look at their lives and see that the Bible is a reliable Book.
    * The apostle Paul is saying; first you were taught the things of God and then at some point you decided to believe them for yourself. They became personal, they belong to you now.
    * Somewhere along the line the things we learn become what we believe.
    2 Timothy 3:10-12, “You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”
    * Mothers, please don’t feel overwhelmed. Pray for godly Sunday School teachers, youth workers, elders, pastors, or other men and women of God to influence your children for righteousness.
    3. Scripture maintains our priorities and values in our lives.
    2 Timothy 3:15-17, “and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
    * Here the Apostle Paul is referring to Timothy but the same principle works for all of God’s children.
    * The main way your children will grow up to love and serve God is through His Word.
    * A mother must grow in her own love for God’s Word. You cannot impart what you do not possess. If your kids seldom see you seeking God through His Word, they won’t catch it for themselves.
    * Beloved, you can teach your children the importance of missions by having them give to missions early in their lives. Have them pray for missionaries that they know.
    * A godly mother will use God’s Word to lead her children to saving faith in Christ.
    * A godly mother will train her children in how to live by God’s Word.
    Hebrews 1:12-13, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
    * It reproves us, which means, it convinces us of our wrongs. It corrects us by showing us how to get right with God and others. It trains us in righteousness, showing us how to keep on the path of obedience and blessing.
    2 Timothy 2:2, “To Timothy, my beloved child;” Paul regarded Timothy as the apostle’s “son” in the faith. Timothy’s name means “honoring God” or “precious to God.”

    The Brilliant White Light by Susan M. Watkins.
    There was never a time I did not want to be a mother. So after I married. I learned I was realizing my dreams with the joyous news that a baby was coming. My little angel was growing and after my third-trimester tragedy struck. The first labor pain was so sharp; I fell out of bed. I knew something was wrong. Before I went to the hospital I called a mighty prayer warrior—my mother. When I arrived in the ER, nurses assured me it was impossible to be in active labor this soon with my first child. Needless to say, my daughter was born moments after the doctor’s arrival. When the nurse brought her close to my face for the initial introduction, my daughter suddenly turned from purple to gray, causing instant pandemonium. I didn’t even have the chance to hold or kiss my baby before the attending nurse dashed from the room with her. I was awash in fear as the staff ran in and out, yelling updates at my doctor. Helplessness engulfed me, so I focused all my attention on God. Then my exhausted mind drifted into long-overdue sleep. I woke to my mother’s loving touch. I poured my heart out. I saw the concern flash across her face. Since I had seen my mom in action for years and had witnessed her prayers moving mountains for her children and grandchildren, I knew that if anyone could draw upon God’s power, she could. She told me to go back to sleep, that she was going to meet her granddaughter. I explained that she couldn’t go into the nursery, but she assured me that the Lord would arrange something. When mom approached the NICU, she was promptly turned away. On the third time, this nurse allowed her to come in a pray for her granddaughter. My baby was battling for her life. My daughter’s gray skin had begun to show yellow tones, signaling the serious decline of her liver functions. The doctor had transferred care to a specialist who expected her to die in a few days. The nurse helped my mother dress in sterile coverings and stood guard while Mom went to join a waiting God. Mom laid her hand on the top of the incubator and my gray and yellow daughter suddenly turned her tiny head and looked directly at her Nana, while struggling to breathe. Mom noticed she already looked like a corpse, but my mother called down heaven into that seven-pound body, a brilliant white light suddenly appeared from beneath Mom’s hands and bathed my baby’s dying body. As her granddaughter was enveloped in God’s visible power, she suddenly began to move normally. The light eventually dissipated and the baby was rosy pink. As grandmother and granddaughter again looked into each other’s eyes, Mom told her she was healed. Mom thanked the nurse, exited the NICU, and left without a word for the doctors to deal with the many questions to follow. Mom returned to my room and continued praying for the baby and me. Sometime later a smiling nursey woke me, holding my miraculously healed daughter. The baby I had longed for my entire life was gently placed in my arms. When Mom described God’s light entering my helpless infant. I was overwhelmed by the Lord’s loving-kindness. With every disturbing diagnosis dismissed, we were both discharged the next morning. The Lord longs to be gracious to us and He delights in opening His hands to release glory into the lives of His redeemed children.
    * Praise His Mighty name for godly mothers.

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