One of the most astonishing truths of the Bible is that God became a man. Surely, as God he could have just appeared on the planet. Poof! But he didn’t. He left unbounded divinity to be born of a woman, to have a mom. Mary was chosen by God to carry his son Jesus and to be his mother on earth. So what does God look for in a mom”
- A heart for God – God knew he could trust Mary to mother the Savior of the World because he saw a heart that was fully surrendered to him. Parenting is best served with a heart of surrender to God’s will and his ways.
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” Luke 1:38 NTL
2. A heart of encouragement – Mary believed in Jesus. He performed his first public miracle at the encouragement of his mother. John 2:1-12 Never underestimate the power of a mother’s encouragement. Children learn their great value and worth through the way their mother sees them.
3. A heart for others – Women reflect the feminine heart of God. One of the things mom’s do best is LOVE. Moms give their hearts to love deeply, gently, freely and powerfully in any circumstance with complete abandon and sacrifice.
“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.” Napoleon Bonaparte
4. A heart for family – Mary loved her son. Jesus loved his mother. The love they shared was displayed at the foot of the cross.
Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home. John 19:25-27 NLT
God thinks a lot of mothers. He chose to have one. Motherhood is a high calling and worth doing well. Pursue God with all your heart. Be your children’s biggest cheerleader. Love others and love your family with abandon.