Today is Mother’s Day, a day we all are called upon to honor our moms. And even if your mother is no longer living, you can honor her memory. In God’s eyes, motherhood is higher than any walk of life. In God’s eyes, there is no vocation any higher than parents.
The Bible gives us three reasons to honor our mothers. First, we need to honor our mother, because it is the right thing to do! “Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right” (Eph. 6:1). No one loves children more than their parents. Christian parents want the best for their children, and children are instructed to obey their parents in the Lord. “In the Lord” means because it is pleasing unto God. The point here is that children must learn to respect and obey authority.
The phrase, “this is right” means in the sight of God. Obedience helps the children later in life to obey those in government and those who are over them. The word “obey” is the Greek word, hupakono, and means to submit to or to follow the directions of. Children are not told to obey parents because it pleases the parent, but because it pleases the Lord! To obey parents means to honor one’s father and mother. The word “honor” is the Greek word, timao, which means to esteem and value as precious. It is honoring to mom when we obey what she says. Our moms have been around the block, and children need to listen to her.
Second, we need to honor our mother because God tells us to do so. “Honor thy father and mother” (Eph. 6:3). To honor one’s parents means, first of all, to obey them with the proper attitude. This means not speaking evil of your parents (Matt. 15:8). It means supporting them in their time of need when they are older (I Tim. 5:3-16; Mark 7:6).
We are to honor our parents with respect and to reverence them. Tragically, this is a rarity today in our society. Too often a child’s response to his parents is that of talking back, ignoring, disregarding their instructions, speaking disrespectfully, not listening and putting off their instructions.
Too many adult children forget the rich experience and vast knowledge that their parents have gained through the years and could be put to great use in their lives.
Third, we need to honor our mother because it may be well with you and extend your life upon this earth! “That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” (Eph. 1:3). The point here is very simple, the child who learns to obey his parents and who listens to their good advice will normally live longer.
We notice two promises made to children who honor their parents. (1) Things will go well for the child. This doesn’t mean that the child will never have problems or have to suffer. This means that God will be with the child to strengthen and take care of him so that he can walk through the trials of this life in victorious manner. The child will be strengthened and made strong in the inner person. He/she will be enabled to conquer and be victorious over whatever confronts them as they journey through life. (2) The child is assured that he/she will live a long life on earth. The bottom line that we honor our parents, especially our mothers, is that God will bless our lives!