Today is Mother’s Day. A time to honor Mothers. The preacher preached this morning from Matthew 20:20-23. Matthew says that she bowed before Him & made this request, “When you establish your kingdom, I would request seats on your right & left hand for my two sons.” We might very well criticize Mrs. Zebedee for her presumptuousness. We certainly don’t know what was in Mrs. Zebedee’s heart and the preacher suggested three things that we could learn from this mother’s example:
First, She prayed that her sons might become a part of the Kingdom. I can think of no more important task of motherhood than that – to seek to ensure that your children are a part of the Kingdom of God. In honor of Mother’s Day, I want to thank my mom for praying for me to become a part of the Kingdom. I remember the night that my mom came into my bedroom as a 5th grade boy and I shared with her that I wanted to be a Christian. We knelt down by my bed and my mother led me to ask Jesus to be my savior and Lord. I also want to thank my wife Pat for praying for our daughters to become a part of the Kingdom. God answered our prayers and all of our daughters will spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven.
Secondly, not only did Mrs. Zebedee pray that her children would be a part of His kingdom, but she prayed that they would be actively involved in the work of His kingdom. Join me in praying that our children and grandchildren will become teachers & leaders. That they might be the ones to go out into the world & find the lost – to see that the church continues on until Jesus comes again. I know that my mom prayed for me and my brothers that we would know God’s perfect will for our lives and be involved in his Kingdom. Thanks Mom. I also know that my wife prays earnestly that my daughters would find God’s will and be involved in his Kingdom. In June, my daughter Courtney gets married and in July, she and my new son-in-law move to Indonesia. I don’t know what the future holds for her, but I know one of the reasons that she made this decision is because of the faithful example of her mother and her grandmother.
Thirdly, Mrs. Zebedee had big expectations, & I like that. She didn’t just pray that her children would be doorkeepers. She wanted them on the right hand & left hand of Jesus. God has high expectations for his children. It is time for us to symbolically take our positions on the right & left hand, to not settle for good but to desire to allow God to do a great work in and through us. All of us want the best for our children. I am thankful for a mother that sacrificed for me and I am thankful for a wife who desires the best for her children.
Mothers, this is your Day. Thanks Mom for being a great mother and Thanks Pat for being a great mother to our children.