A Devoted Mother
Posted by Church of God of Carmichael on Sunday, May 10, 2020
Sunday Morning Podcast May 10, 2020. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MATTHEW 20:20-28
20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
24 And when the ten heard it, there were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whomsoever will be great among you, let him be your minister.
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.
28 Even as the Son of came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
A Mother’s Devotion. A worshiping mother, of Zebedee’s children with her sons, had come to Jesus and had asked if her sons could sit on either side of Jesus on His throne in the kingdom. Imagine, right? To assume that this was reasonable! So of course when the other 10 heard of it, they were quite appalled at her son’s audacity! But Jesus is patient to explain and instruct her about what she was asking, and how the decision was not up to Him. (but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father). When we think of this mother’s important expectation, it would be easy also to wonder about her “thinking.” But really, what good mother doesn’t want the best for her children? That’s what a devoted mother does. Yes she definitely lacked wisdom. What mother, even good ones, don’t? This mother really was much like other good mothers. A godly mother will promote, defend, and protect her children! Unconditionally! She loves all her children, whether they follow God in faith or not. A good mother will look after others also as their own when God leads that way. Naomi and her 3 daughter in laws all became widows. Naomi’s daughter in law Ruth, was willing then to follow her mother in law to her home country, instead of staying in her own, because of Naomi’s guidance, protection, and godly example, as a devoted mother. Then God provided from Naomi’s lineage, another husband (Boaz) for Ruth after she became a widow, which then carried on the family’s lineage. (Book of Ruth).
There are also other examples in God’s word of godly mother’s, and how devoted they were because …they had fully submitted their will to Him. All had their human weak logic, but still that was not sin, when that was not their motive to displease God. A wonderful and godly mother (tho human) is best defined as putting God first! Do your best, leave with God the rest? “That” ..potentially leaves us too much control! Are you still willing to stay with Jesus when you don’t get what you ask? When you’ve done your best, …there is still sometimes a conflict that remains. You must still be sure you are fully submitted! Pray to ask for help for your behavior when lacking. Ask for virtue of of connection to God’s will everyday !
A Devoted Mother….