By Dean Fulks
When we looked at the passage in Colossians 3 on Sunday, we focused on verse 18:
Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Maybe that’s not the greatest choice for Mother’s Day…or maybe it is?!?!
We learned that Jesus…fully God…submitted Himself voluntarily to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. So, God isn’t asking wives to do something that He hasn’t already personally experienced, personally lived and done.
I think of moms, kind of like I think of Lebron James. Early in Lebron’s career, he took Cleveland to the NBA Finals. Then, he “took his talents to South Beach.” Everyone knew that Lebron was important to the Cavs, but no one really knew until the experienced the void he left behind.
Motherhood has fallen on hard times in our country…because it’s a really hard job. I read a survey a few years ago that summarized the duties that most moms hold. It then put a dollar figure on those tasks. The average mom salary: $100,000-plus! I think that our culture is feeling the effects of the mom-messaging going on today. It minimizes a mother’s impact in the home…my opinion is that our kids and families are struggling.
You heard me on Sunday…I’m in no way suggesting that moms cannot work outside the home. I’m in no way trying to keep “women in their place.” As a matter fact, I think Christianity from the Scriptures has done more to help the social status of women than any other philosophy in world history.
The kicker in Cleveland is that Lebron came home…he has rejuvenated a city and made others around him better. Great moms do that…they make others better and they give life to the city. The give life, because they uniquely show us the nurturing side of God. God created moms with an incredible gift…a capacity to see, to hear, and to show love in ways that highlight God’s nature.
Maybe Lebron wins a title in Cleveland…maybe not. Moms, in partnership with the Holy Spirit, win eternally…they don’t need titles to raise over their heads…just a “well done, good and faithful servant” will be more than enough.