Today, being Mothers' Day, I would just like to start off by saying "Happy Mothers' Day" to all mothers. Mothers' Day isn't particularly happy around our place as Sue lost both her parents when she was just a teenager and I lost my mother a few days before Mothers' Day 16 years ago, but that shouldn't stop everyone else from enjoying the day.
Our Mothers' Day service this morning was all about what it takes to be a mother.
Paul said to the Galations that he was "in the pains of child birth", so what is required to give birth to something?
There are several things require and they are as follows:-
Relationship - giving birth is due to a relationship and creates a new relationship. Giving birth to a dream also starts with a relationship, with your heaven;y father. Giving birth requires an ongoing commitment.
Selflessness - giving birth requires giving up some things and giving yourself to the new relationship.
Perseverance - anything worth having is worth waiting for. Giving birth is a process.
Pain - regardless of what you are trying to bring forth, it's going to hurt.
Reward - every birth comes with its own reward.
God has a plan and a purpose for everyone and every church!
There is a calling on life that only you can fulfill.
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.