Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-5
Title: A Mother’s Influence
Introduction: A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: “My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I”? When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word Mother.
The Bible is filled with stories written regarding the influence of Mothers. I think of Jochebed, the mother of Moses, whose very name signifies her glory is Jehovah.
Then who could ever forget the beautiful story of Hannah who prayed for a baby boy, and when God gave him to her, she gave him back to God, the prophet Samuel.
There is Ruth, queen of the harvest field, who is in the ancestral line of our Lord.
In the New Testament, there is Mary, the mother of Jesus, preferred among women.
There is the Syrophenician women, who, without a promise, pleaded with Jesus for her daughter who was grievously vexed with a devil. She demonstrated great faith.
When Jesus hung on the cross, He uttered seven statements. 3 utterances came before the darkness, 3 after darkness and one during the darkness. One utterance had to do w/ His mother, He looked at John and said, “Behold, thy mother.”
The Bible is filled with stories about the importance of Mothers, I could not begin to tell them all.
A mother is of great value, probably far more value than we sometimes think. She is of great value because of her far reaching influence for good. The greatest trust in the world is in the hands of a woman.
Someone said the most influential position in the nation today is that of a mother. She enforces the law, practices medicine, and teaches w/o degrees, certificate of confidence, or required training. She handles the nation’s food, administers its drugs, practices emergency first aid, and tests for all the spiritual, physical, and mental ills of the average family.
A man literally places his life and the lives of his children in the hands of a mother.
Her influence has no limit; the mother may mark the pathway for generations to come.
She can be the key to success or failure in her children’s lives.
Ezek. 16:44 a proverb w/c says “As is the mother, so is her daughter”
Not only has a mother the privilege of living closely to her children, teaching them right from wrong, but she is her children’s spiritual counselor & example.
A mother who laughs at the Bible may have started her child on the way to becoming an agnostic. One who believes the Bible as not true.
A mother who ridicules modesty principles of the Scripture may have given her a son or daughter a good start on loose living and compromise.
The influence of mothers is often the most powerful and lasting influence in many people’s lives.
Hannah’s faith and godliness lived on in Samuel. Mothers of great faith like Sarah, reared sons like Isaac.
In Christian history we have a record of Susannah Wesley and her 19 Children. She devoted several hours alone each week, reading, talking and praying with each of them. From that 19 came out John & Charles Wesley, men who helped shape the spiritual history of two continents.
The Congregationalist Evangelist Dwight Lyman Moody said this of his mother – All that I have ever accomplished in life, I owe to my mother.
On the other hand, every criminal and menace to society, may have once sat under a mother’s influence.
Billy Sunday, An old-fashioned preacher, once said, “If you want to hurt the devil, don’t hit him with a crutch, hit him with a cradle.”
The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.
Moms, I cannot overemphasize your true influence.
Human life is placed in a mother’s hands. God’s own Son, was placed in the arms of a human mother.
You may hold in your hands the next servants of God, who knows? Eternal destinies are placed in a mother’s hands.
The character of our children tomorrow depends on what we put into their hearts today.
Note – Timothy was involved in church at a young age.
Note – Part of a church founded by a missionary – Apostle Paul
Note – His grandmother Lois and Mother Eunice, were involved in this local church ministry.
You might imagine Timothy as a little Sunday School boy – Lystra, A town of Lycaonia (Modern Day Turkey)
Note – A place Paul visited on one of his missionary journeys. (Acts 14)
I. A Pure Faith – v5
Note – unfeigned= Greek def. – unfeigned, undisguised, sincere
1 Tim. 1:5
5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
Note – It is not enough to attend church; you must know Christ as Saviour and love Him with all your heart. Timothy saw in his mother, a REAL Christian – someone who walked the walk.
II. A Persistent Example
Note – Lois and Eunice had a wonderful example.
Note – Leaders know, show, go the way. (Lois and Eunice)
1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:
His father was a Greek, indicating he had not converted to Christianity; he was given to mythology, to various temples of worship, but was not a born-again child of God.
Note – Eunice was a single mom in her faith, yet she had a great walk with God.
Abraham Lincoln – no man is poor who has a godly mother.
Note – Moms you have a ministry.
A. Persistent in Her Nurture
She nurtured Timothy; she shared the truth of the Word of God from a child.
2 Tim. 3:15
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
B. Persistent During times of Adversity
Note – It’s not easy raising a son with a husband who does not believe the way you believe.
She was someone who was faithful in adversity and still going on for the Lord.
Note – Courage in the face of conflict creates character. Not only for yourself, but also for those who observe your life during down times.
Note – Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.
III. A Patterned Instruction
A. From a child he was instructed
Note – Through the knowledge of God’s Word, he was instructed regarding the matter of salvation.
Quote – Charles Wesley – I learned more about God from mother than all the theologians in England.
B. From a child he was warned from the Word of God
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
Note – Timothy had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; his mother taught him but it was his decision to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
He was saved not because of Eunice’s faith but because he placed his faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.