Bought by the Blood

May 12, 2009

Thoughts on Motherhood

Filed under: 1 Thessalonians — cubsfan1980 @ 1:38 pm
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“Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.”1 Thessalonians 2:6-8

This was a neat passage to discuss with Laura because it shows God using the apostle Paul to communicate how truly amazing the call to motherhood is.  As Paul is speaking about his care (which is the same as God’s care) for the Thessalonians he finds the best earthly picture to communicate that is a mother with her newborn.  There are three things that we learn about a mother’s attitude towards her children that gives us a glimpse of how God feels towards those which He has adopted by Christ blood.

There is no glory seeking! (v.6)
When Christ came to redeem a people for Himself He did not seek glory for Himself, but took the nature of a servant.  To be a mother is a call to be a servant.  A mother is one who serves tirelessly for a newborn that can never adequately communicate their thanks.  A mother does not seek to lift herself up, but instead humbles herself to serve one who can do nothing for her.  The position of mom is not one where demands can be made and a baby can praise her.  The call to motherhood is to lay aside what the world appreciates, even the simple things like a shower, to find glory in giving her life away, just as Christ did.

She gives of herself (v.6-8)
Christ gave his life away for His redeemed so that they may have life and have it to the full, He didn’t demand anything in return, knowing that we could never earn His grace.  A mother will give of her sleep for her child with no expectation of understanding or sympathy from her baby.  Often times many moms will forfeit career for a place in the home that has no ladder to climb.  The mother gives of her self so that her children can have a tangible picture of the Gospel.  A mother does not seek her own comfort or ease, but gives of herself so that a child can see the gentleness of the Savior who has provided everything they need through His death on the cross for them.

She is affectionate of her children (v.7-8)
Christ is affectionate towards His beloved, the church; He exults over her with loud singing and rejoices over her with gladness.  There is no doting like a mother over her newborn.  Few things are greater in this life than a mother’s desire to be with the ones that she carried in the womb for nine months.  The reason why expectant mothers glow and fathers don’t is because mother’s are already welling up with love for their children before they meet them. Mother’s love their children so  much that they would give up anything for their child’s well-being.

I am extremely grateful for my wife Laura who is an excellent mother to our daughter Miya.  She is laying down her life and gives of her selflessly for Miya.  I often tell people that she has the harder job and I know that there is no way I could do what she does.  This passage came alive to me because I’ve seen how my wife has shown affection to Miya, given of herself and sought to show Miya Christ glory.  Thank you love for how you so well fulfill the mission and ministry of motherhood.

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