Luke 2:52

 

As mothers you want to raise perfect kids is that even possible?

Sometimes that is why parents are not honest with themselves about the shortcomings of their kids.

If my kids are not perfect then I am a failure, nobody wants to think they are a failure as a parent.

But so many moms think they are failures, you are not a perfect mother but you are not a failure.

 

Satan wants all of you to believe you are a failure a failure as a mother and a failure as a Christian.

Having imperfect kids does not make you a failure, dont believe Satans lies even for a minute.

 

There was only one perfect child and He did not have a perfect mother. Yes, I am talking about Jesus and Mary.

 

Since your kid is not Jesus your child is not going to be perfect.

As a mother your goal is to be faithful even in the midst of your shortcomings and allow God to fill in your gaps.

God the Father allowed an imperfect mom to raise Jesus. Mary was not perfect no matter what some people may say. Would a perfect mother leave her 12 year old son in a strange city for 3 days by himself?

Take your 12-year-old to New York city and leave him for three days and see if you dont get in trouble.

(Ages 11 to 12 years – May be left alone for up to 3 hours but not late at night or in circumstances requiring inappropriate responsibility)

 

Luke 2:42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. 43 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” 49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them. 51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

 

Can you imagine losing Gods son?

How many of you have left a child at church? Even Jenna got left a few weeks ago.

 

There were two mischievous boys who were not listening to their parents so they thought they would let the preacher have a talk with them. The preacher talked to the youngest boy first. The preacher asked the boy a simple question, Where is God? The boy was confused and remained silent. The preacher asked again, Where is God? still no answer, Where is God? and this time the boy ran out of the preachers office. He grabbed his older brother and said lets go, God is missing and they think we did it.

 

Mary must have been in a panic when she realized Jesus was missing. I am sure Mary and Joseph had intense fellowship as they walked back to Jerusalem to look for Jesus. She would not have expected any Mother of the Year awards.

 

Jesus didnt need a perfect mother to be the perfect child. Jesus was perfect, He was sinless.

 

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.

 

We want perfect kids but that is an unrealistic expectation let it go. Make your goal to have imperfect kids who love Jesus. Kids who make mistakes but grow. Kids who know they can always come to mom for godly advice and wisdom.

 

In a Facebook / Pinterest world you will never measure up. Quit comparing your worst moments against others best moments. You see the perfect birthday child, what do the other kids look like? You see the perfect dessert, what does the kitchen look like? Moments, snapshots do not give a real picture.

 

How good of a mom are you compared to Lois and Eunice?

 

2 Timothy 1:5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

 

Wow Timothy was a fortunate child a perfect mom and grandma. If you women could just measure up.

But what is the real story of Lois and Eunice?

 

Acts 16:1 (Paul) came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was a Jewess and a believer, but whose father was a Greek.

 

Lois was a failure of a mother.

Can you imagine the day the Eunice came home and said she was in love with a Greek. Lois must have been heartbroken. I am sure she tried to talk her daughter out of making such a horrible mistake. Eunice was not only betraying her family but her faith. A Jew was not allowed to marry anyone but another Jew (Ezra 9:11).

 

I am sure Lois felt like a failure of a mother where did she go wrong raising her daughter in the ways of God.

 

Eunice was a failure of a mother too.

Her son was not even circumcised (Acts 16:3) as all Jewish boys were to be to show they were part of the promise of Abraham.

 

When we only get a snippet of information we may get the wrong idea about how perfect someone is. There was failure but Paul commends Lois and Eunice for their faith. They were not perfect moms but they were growing in their faith and they taught Timothy also. You dont have to be perfect; you must be growing and sharing your faith with your kids.

 

Moms quit comparing yourselves to each other and get real with each other. Take off the mask and be vulnerable. I believe that is what Paul told Titus to teach the older women.

 

Titus 2:3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

 

Older women youre older than someone teach those who are younger how to be a good mother and wife.

How? Be real Be vulnerable. Take off your mask of perfection so other women will quit believing the lie that they are the only failure. The truth is we all fail in many ways but that doesnt make us a failure.

 

Older woman let younger moms know what you did wrong and that your house was a mess and you fed your kids juke food. Let them know that you lost your temper and some nights you went to bed crying. I know you want us to think you have it all together but the truth is having it altogether means you fail sometimes. When you fail, you confess your sins, you make amends and plan to do better.

 

You are not your sin you are not a failure. God loves you and He has made you a conqueror.

 

Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

 

This is Gods truth but for some reason we want to believe Satans lie that we are a failure.

Yes, we are weak. Yes, we are not perfect. Yes, Gods power is seen in our weakness.

 

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

Boast in your weakness; let Gods strength be seen in your weakness. Take off the mask and let God use your weakness.

 

Lois and Eunice made mistakes but they were not defined by them. They were known for their success; their faith. Lois as Timothys grandmother had an impact on his life directly and indirectly. How we raise our kids effects how our grandkids will be raised. How we get involved in our grandkids lives will affect how they live. In a mobile society grandparents dont always have the same connection with grandkids that they once did. Make an effort to know, love and train your grandkids they need you.

 

Mom you will be a success if you pass on your faith.

Instill an Authentic Faith

2 Timothy 1:5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

 

Mom have a sincere faith. Truly live your faith and teach your kids. Share your questions and your struggles. Share your joy and answers to prayer. Be genuine, be real. Live your faith every day and your kids will grow to have a sincere faith also.

 

 

Instill a Respect for Scripture

2 Timothy 3:14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

 

Timothy learned, was convinced, and become wise from Gods Word.

He learned it and lived it because he was taught Gods word and saw in lived out in his mother and grandmother.

 

Moms teach it and live it and your kids will learn it and live it also.

 

Four scholars were arguing over Bible translations. One said he preferred the King James Version; another said he preferred the New American Standard Version; the third said he liked the New Living Translation. After being quiet for a moment, the fourth scholar admitted: I have personally preferred my mothers translation. The other scholars started laughing.

Yes, she translated the Scriptures. My mom translated each page of the Bible into life. It is the most convincing translation I have ever read.

 

Mothers, what kind of Bible is your child reading when she observes your life? Are you looking for ways to instill a respect for the Word of God into the lives of your children?

 

 

Instill a Desire to Minister

After Timothy became a Christian Paul wanted to take Timothy along on his missionary travels. Timothy wanted to go and his mom and grandma encouraged him to go.

 

Mom are you teaching your kids to minister to others. Do they see your selfless acts of service?

 

Just like instilling a love for Gods word and having an authentic faith, ministry is caught from mom.

Mom you have the opportunity and responsibility to change the world by raising up godly children.

 

Thank you for the job you have done and are doing. But most of you feel like you failed or didnt really do as good as job as you should have or would have liked to. Give yourself some grace and there is still time to make a difference.

You and God make a good team what you lack God will cover.

 

Mom do you need to rely on God more? Then rededicate your life today.

Child, no matter your age is it time to truly surrender your life like mom has prayed?

Let God have His way in your life.

 

Come as we sing our hymn of invitation come believing that Jesus loves you and died on the cross for you.

Come repenting of your sins, come ready to be immersed into Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins and the indwelling gift of God the Holy Spirit.