Appreciating the Nurturing Heart of God while walking in Honor toward each other

May 12, 2014

I gave this message today at Kansas City Christian Fellowship, The Barn, for Mothers Day service.  As always, comments are welcome.

It is Mothers Day! Happy Mothers Day to all the moms! Blessings over all of you.

I have a confession to make…. For the most part I am not a big fan of the Mothers Day messages I have heard at most churches. They come across as patronizing to women who have given birth in the physical, neglectful of woman who have not given birth in the natural BUT still have “mothered” many through discipleship or mentoring ( spiritual moms, teachers, close friends) and many times insensitive to women who want to have children but have been unable to conceive for various reasons. So it is a bit ironic that I am giving a message on Mothers Day.

I want to take time to recognize and honor several groups of women:
Women who have not given physical birth but have “mothered’ others.
Women who want to be physical mothers but have not been able to have children.
So, of course, my message will not be a “typical” Mothers Day message but instead a focus on the compassionate, nurturing heart of God and show how His Divine Character is shown through each one of us, men and women, so that we can better walk in a culture of honor toward each other.

Gen. 1:26-27 & Gen. 5:1 – See the picture! Men AND Women reflect God’s image. (God is so vast, His character so awesome that He can be seen in the emotional and physical differences of men and women without compromising who He is!) Men – the physical strength and power. Leadership through physical presence and might under girded in humility. Women – Compassion and Nurturing. Leadership through love and encouragement. EACH VITALLY IMPORTANT!

Very important to remember the God is not a man BUT the scriptures are clear…God is a He! God is not a woman BUT He does have what we may think of as feminine qualities.
NUMBERS 23:19 – NKJ = “God is not a man, that He should lie,nor a son of man,the He should repent. Has He said and He will not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE= “God is not a human who lies or a mortal who changes His mind. When He says something, He will do it, when He makes a promise, He will fulfill it.”
I am emphasize this point of God not being a human because I think we forget He doesn’t think like we think, He doesn’t process like we do nor function like us. BUT He chooses to inhabit us in our male and female form in order to demonstrate His full characteristics of Shepherd, Compassion (Mothers), Fathers (Strength), Divine Healer, Great Counselor and All Knowing One, etc through our human frame.
He has not problem showing His Mothering side:
John 15:26 – His Spirit is called The Comforter. – not The Supreme High ONE.
Isa. 49:15-16 – God compares Himself to a nursing mother in reference to His devotion to us.
2Chron.36:15 – God sent messenger (prophets) because He had compassion on His people and didn’t want to have to judge them.
Luke 13:34 – Jesus comparing Himself to a mother hen looking after her young.
Or His Strong Warrior Side:
Exodus 15:3 – The Lord is a Warrior
Psalm 24:7-9 – The Lord strong & Mighty, The Lord mighty in battle.
Rev. 19:11- The victorious Warrior returns!

In closing I want to say that we serve and love a God that honors women and men. (He showed his heart toward women in that Jesus was born of a virgin…meaning that the only human DNA that Jesus had was that of a woman and He showed Himself first to a woman when He was resurrected from the dead.)
He chose to manifest Himself in the form of both sexes. We are to show each other the honor that He shows us in how we serve, encourage, and minister to & with each other.

Women are to be honored because they are made in the image of God, First! Then because they of the roles they play in our lives, second.

May we truly see the importance of honoring each other every day of the year and not give token homage on day of the year.  Honoring mothers is great!  I am both a spiritual mom and have given birth in the natural so totally on board for Mothers Day  but also see the greater significance of honoring all members of the body of Christ as a lifestyle in order to further the Kingdom of God and see others come to know Christ.


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