MOTHERS DAY 2020 PATTERNS
Patterns are Important to God. We see Detailed Patterns in Creation. We See a Detailed Pattern in His plan for Us.
In God’s Plan I am always amazed at the sheer level of detail God gives. No item is left open for discussion. God was in the DETAIL of these patterns and designs. God himself is the Creator first and foremost, as Creator of the Universe. And…When He Created You and Me. He Created Detailed Patterns For Us to Follow. Happiness and Peace Come as we Follow God’s Pattern for Our Lives in Every Detail…
IN EXODUS 25; 2-9 The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breast piece. “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this Tabernacle and All its Furnishings Exactly like the Pattern I will show you.
In Exodus Chapters 25 through 28…We see Detailed Pattern for: The Ark, The Table, The Lampstand, The Tabernacle, The Alter of Burnt Offering, The Courtyard, The Oil to be used in the Lampstand. In Chapter 29 God gives the pattern for the Priestly Garments, The Ephod, The Breastplate and More. GOD had a pattern for everything. And He has a detailed pattern for mothers and fathers as well.
God Designed Parents to Not Only be Important to the Family but to Society as well regardless of any challenges you may have faced in your relationship with your Parents while you were growing up, They We’re Given to You by God and His Plan was for Your Parents to Play an Essential Role in Your Life…In Scripture, we find all kinds of mothers, and many of them show Valuable Characteristics of Godliness… Timothy had a godly mother and grandmother who so greatly influenced him that he followed in their footsteps of faith. In 2 Timothy. 1:5 Paul is writing to encourage Timothy as he led the church in Ephesus, he described Timothy’s faith heritage this way: “I am 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.” .
The Most Important Quality of a Parent is Godliness. This doesn’t mean perfection, but they have a quality that serves as an important model for their children. No Parent will completely express every single one of these characteristics…But the ideal Godly Parent is one who is Growing in All These Ways:
10 CHARACTERISTICS OF A GODLY PATTERN FOR MOTHERS & Fathers
First, A Godly Parent Prays and Reads the Word of God. This is not an occasional practice but has become the habit of her life. The Godly Parent believes Scripture and knows its instructions will help them become a better parent. In fact, prayer and Bible reading affect every area of their life—how they dress, handle themselves, and work. Their conversation, character, and conduct are rooted in the Word, and their children become a reflection of this.
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Deuteronomy 6: 6-9 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
We Saw this Pattern for Living in Timothy’s Mother and Grandmother. This Requires Making Gods Word a Priority and helping our Children to Understand that a Life Built on a Foundation with Christ as the Cornerstone will Stand through every Storm that Faces a Family. This is the Foundation for Every Successful Godly Family…Daily Reading Gods Word and Praying together.
Secondly, A Godly Parent Trusts God for Every Need. Because they’re praying, reading, and meditating on Scripture, they come to know and trust God’s promises confident that He will meet there needs, whether physical, material, or emotional. Instead of focusing on what they lack, they speak of God’s sufficiency in their life and are grateful whether He provides much or little.
We See this in Mary the mother of Jesus, even in her Fears, She Trusted God’s Word and Guidance for Her Life. When Mary received the angel Gabriel’s message that she would conceive Jesus through the Holy Spirit, she was afraid. She knew her circumstances and the potential fallout of being a virgin and unwed mother. Luke 1:29 says “Mary was greatly troubled at his words,” referring to Gabriel. Despite her fears, uncertainties, and questions, Mary decided to trust God’s divine plan for her life. She surrendered to God’s will. In Luke 1:38, Mary proclaims “I am the Lord’s servant, and tells Gabriel, “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Mary’s desire to serve God and surrender was greater than her fears.
Third, A Godly Parent is Generous. Even if they have little to share, they willingly offer it to others. Sometimes their generosity comes in the form of encouragement. Their desire is to offer words that build others up rather than tear them down. Their example of generosity toward their family as well as to others sets a pattern for their children to follow in footsteps.
Fourth, A Godly Parent is Obedient to God. 1 Samuel 15:22 says, “But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” Obedience honors God and is profitable for the parent as well as for their children. Godly parents understand that they can obey an all-powerful, omniscient, loving God…That they can trust the Lord in all things and leave the consequences to Him. They realize that there is no need to worry because they know He can handle any situation. So they bring all their cares and concerns to God and leaves them in His capable hands. Even when the issues are serious, they can sleep without being troubled by anxious thoughts…There is an old adage that says, Children do Not Do What We Say…They Do we They See Us Do. If we as Parents Take Short Cuts…Don’t Follow Gods Pattern for Living…Not Obeying God with our Finances, Our Priorities and Decisions of How we Live Our Lives…Our Children Will Follow that same Disobedience…A Godly Parent who Trusts and Obeys God gives their home an atmosphere of freedom, welcome, and love because they are not stressed by worry.
Fifth, A Parent who’s Godly is Forgiving. This is essential for every follower of Jesus and is clearly taught in the Bible. Those who refuse to forgive live in stress and tension that soon overflows into the home. Forgiveness is a vital part of family life because the close relationships inevitably result in misunderstandings and conflicts. However, living with a difficult person is No Excuse for Having an Unforgiving Spirit. Forgiveness can restore peace and eliminate stress and tension in the home. Furthermore, all believers are told in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” A Godly Parent Forgives…And their Children Are Blessed!
Sixth, A Godly Parent has an Attitude of Persistence. Like the Persistent Widow in Luke 18…When something needs to be accomplished, a Parent knows what’s required and keeps working until it is finished. Instead of waiting for someone else to do it, they jump in to complete the task. Persistence applies to relationships as well as work. It’s easy to stop communicating or walk away from difficulties in a relationship, But a Godly Parent Doesn’t Give Up. They keep loving even when things are not going as they desire. Instead of giving in to discouragement, a Godly Parent turns to God in Prayer Asking Him for a Pure Heart and a Forgiving Spirit. We See this quality in a mother with a young child. No matter how many times she must get up in the middle of the night to care for that child, she does it. God has placed within the heart of a mother a willingness to do whatever her child needs. A Godly Parent faces life’s demands without fussing, nagging, groaning, or comparing their situation with others’ circumstances. Instead…They are Determined to be the Person God Wants Them to Be.
Seven, A Godly Parent is a Servant. This is a quality we should all have as followers of Jesus because He was a servant. We See the Pattern of a Servant in Philippians 2: 5-8 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death even death on a cross!”
A Parent with a Servant Attitude Doesn’t Live for Themselves…But for Others. They serve their family in a variety of ways remembering that they are following in Christ’s footsteps. The Godly Parent Does Not seek a reward or serve only when it’s convenient, or when they feel like it. The Godly Parent understands that in serving their family…They are Serving the Lord.
Eight, A Godly Parent Lives an Orderly Life. For family life to run smoothly there must be organization, especially when children are in school because there are schedules to keep and tasks to complete. Without Order in a Family, there is Confusion, Frustration, Anxiety, Tension, and Stress. Furthermore, an orderly life is something children need to learn in order to function well as adults. Each Family has a lot of decisions to make as to what their Priorities Will Be. Your Priorities on How You Organize Your Days with Your Family is So Important…When You Model Christ First…Your Children Will Pick Up Attitudes and Habits and Develop Characteristics that Will Build and Enrich Their Lives as They Walk with God.
Nine, A Godly Parent is an Encourager. Children Need the Encouragement of their Parents so they will Feel Valued and Loved. This begins early in life when a baby is held close and expands to include words of encouragement as the child grows. Sometimes this takes the form of Challenging Them to Persevere and Do Their Best.
I have learned that each Child Needs to be Encouraged Differently…Not One Form of Encouragement Fits All…This requires that a Godly Parent Spends Time to Talk through what each Child is Feeling, what they are seeing as a Challenge and Discussing the Value of Integrating Gods Principles into each aspect of their lives.
Ten, A Godly Parent Loves Unconditionally. The love of a Godly Parent is Not Conditionally Based on the Behavior of their Children…But is Given Without Reservation. Jesus used the Greek word agapé when instructing us to love. While agapé has been translated by some as “unconditional love,” that’s not the fullness of its meaning. Agapé is Unconditional in that it is a Love that Originates by the Choice of the Giver, not on a Condition of the Receiver. Agape Love Does Not Change, even if the Recipient Changes. To love unconditionally is to decide to love someone regardless of any circumstances about them and to keep loving them No Matter What They Do… Decisions and Feelings are Not the Fullness of Love…Simply Put…“LOVE ACTS”. By their Example… Godly Parents Demonstrate to their Children That They Love Them at All Times!
Questions: If you were Blessed with Godly Parents…What Qualities do You Admire in Them? How have they Shaped who You are Today? Even though our Parents are Imperfect, there is much we can learn from the special relationship we have with them…And if You are a Parent, it’s important to decide what Godly Character Traits You Need to Develop in Your Own Life. As Parents, We Need to Ask God to help Us Model Christ for Our Children. Because…The Question is Not “IF” You Will Have an Influence on Them…But What KIND OF INFLUENCE IT WILL BE!
Closing Story…Four Bible Scholars were Arguing over Various Bible Translations. One said he preferred the King James Version because of its beauty and eloquent old English…Another said he liked the New American Standard Version for its literalism and how it moves the reader from passage to passage with confident feelings of accuracy from the original text…The Third Scholar was sold on the New Living Translation for its use of contemporary phrases and idioms that capture the meaning of difficult ideas… After being quiet for a moment, the fourth scholar admitted: “I have Personally Preferred My Mother’s and Father’s Translation.” When the other scholars started laughing, he said, “Yes, They translated the Scriptures… My Parents Translated each Page of the Bible into Life…And It is the Most Convincing Translation I have ever Read.”
Mothers and Fathers, I would ask you to consider at the start of every day…What Kind of Bible is Your Child Reading When He or She Observes Your Lives?
POINT: GODS PATTERN FOR PARENTS YIELD A HERITAGE OF FAITH.