Sunday Sermon: ‘The Amazing Adventures of SUPERMOM’

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s SUPERMOM. Faster than a speeding toddler, more powerful than a temper tantrum, able to leap tall baskets of stinky laundry with a single bound. It’s SUPERMOM!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our SUPERMOMS!

How valuable is a SUPERMOM?

MSN Money – What’s a mom worth? According to one report – $138,095 a year.  That’s the figure in a study put out by Salary.com, which calculates the wages that would have been paid a stay-at-home mom if she were compensated for all the elements of her “job.” The job descriptions that Salary.com used to determine a mom’s salary includes 10 jobs that moms do on an average day: housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, CEO and psychologist. In calculating a mom’s wages, Salary.com looked at the “overtime” that both working and stay-at-home moms put in each week. http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/CollegeAndFamily/RaiseKids/ThePriceOfAMom.aspx

Guys, I figured out that if we paid our wives what they were worth, we could stay at home and live off of their income! I think Tammy and I could squeeze by on $138,000 a year! The book of Proverbs says that she is more valuable than precious jewels. Indeed, anyone who has a God-fearing wife or mom has a valuable treasure.

Therefore I want to honor our moms today and to encourage them in their work. Most moms are SUPERMOMS! They are what we today call – ‘multi-taskers.’ They play a lot of roles and juggle a lot of things, yet even the best of moms sometimes feel overwhelmed.The kryptonite of today’s challenges sometimes seems more than they can handle. Therefore I want to encourage you today with some help from God’s Word.

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Obviously this passage is speaking to all believers, both men and women, young and old; yet I would like to use it this morning as a means of encouragement to our moms.

I. Let His Peace Rule Our Lives

Life is hard, especially in today’s fast-paced world. In many homes both the mother and father work outside of the home in order to try to make a living. When you add to that the financial stress and pressure many are under, the many activities our children are involved in, as well as our involvement in our church, it quickly adds up to a lot.

According to the Salary.com survey, stay-at-home moms work a 92-hour week, with more than half the workweek spent in overtime. “Mom works multiple jobs and rarely gets a break from the action, working an average of 52 hours of overtime,” said Bill Coleman, senior vice president at Salary.com. http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/CollegeAndFamily/RaiseKids/ThePriceOfAMom.aspx

In addition to the many jobs listed by Salary.com, I think that we could add in that most moms serve also as a chef, a nurse and doctor (on call 24/7), and a diplomat. And above all of this, she has her own personal issues to deal with. No wonder many women feel overwhelmed.

Yet the Lord doesn’t want us to be stressed out.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

God has never commanded nor encouraged us to be afraid. According to my calculations, there are sixty-three – ‘fear nots’ found in the Bible. In addition to that, there are numerous other words of encouragement that tell us to not be afraid or anxious or troubled.

Yet so many of us are filled with emotions such as: fear, frustration, stress, worry and even anger. What we need to recognize is that behind these many anxiety attacks is the work of Satan. The devil wants to destroy our sense of peace and cause us to panic. God, on the other hand, wants us to experience His peace on a daily basis.

God promises to provide that peace for us. Jesus is the ‘Prince of Peace.’ Peace is a part of the Spirit’s productivity in a believer’s life. Peace is not an absence of trouble. The Bible says that man who is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. (Job 14:1) Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God. Peace is the result of a confident assurance in God. Another word for this is faith.

There are several things that we could say about God’s peace. Let me mention a couple:

A. It is God’s Peace   

You can’t get peace out of a bottle or from a bag of pills. Peace isn’t found by giving into our sinful desires. True peace is a gift from God. True peace is God’s presence and involvement in our lives.

The Bible teaches us God’s plan for peace.

1. Peace With God

Before you can experience peace from God, you have to have peace with God. You have to know Him as your personal Lord and Savior. We read from God’s Word –

Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross…

The Bible teaches us that our sin is an offense to God. Sin puts a barrier between us and Him. Jesus came to remove that barrier. He did so by receiving in His body the punishment we deserve, thus providing a way for our sins to be forgiven.

2. Peace From God

Once we have peace with God, we are in the position to receive peace from God. Once our relationship with God is restored through salvation, we are able to experience the power of His presence.

B. It is a Gracious Peace

In almost all of his letters, Paul begins with ‘Grace and peace be unto you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.’ We might think that was just a normal greeting Paul used with little thought to what he was saying. In other words – ‘Greetings!’, or ‘Dear So and So.’ Yet I believe that Paul intentionally used this phrase to convey an important spiritual truth.

The first thing we need in our lives is God’s grace. Grace is His unmerited favor. And once this grace is applied to our needs, we experience His peace. Moms, my prayer for you this morning is that God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you this day and everyday of your life.

One of my favorite portions of scripture that teaches this truth is found in the book of 1 Samuel.

1 Samuel 30:1 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; 2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. 3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. 4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

At that time David had an army of several hundred men. Upon returning from a battle one day, the men discovered that an enemy had invaded their homes and taken captive all of their wives and children.

6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters …

Naturally the men were upset and some even spoke of stoning David for what happened. The Bible says that David was ‘greatly distressed’ which means that he was feeling the pressure of what was happening.

There are several reasons why David was so upset. For one thing, his two wives were a part of this tragedy. Secondly, the men were threatening to kill him. But also, there was probably a feeling of failure.David was their leader and he had failed them. David also knew that the reason they were in this mess was because he had been out of God’s will.

What should David do? What would you do? Get angry? Fight back? Run? Blame God? Note what the Bible says that David did –

6 … but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

In a moment of great distress, David knew where to turn. To the LORD his God!

How did David encourage himself in the LORD? The first thing David did was go to God in prayer. Peter tells us that we should ‘cast all of our care upon God.’ Paul wrote to the Philippians –

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Do not be anxious about life. Instead, pray to God about everything. Let your needs be made known to God. Paul also tells us to do so ‘with thanksgiving.’ Thankfulness for all God has done and thankfulness for all He will do. The result of such prayer will the peace of God protecting our hearts and minds from fear and worry.

The second thing David did was determined to be obedient to what the Lord said.

1 Samuel 30:17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled . 18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away : and David rescued his two wives. 19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.

Moms, you may not have time each day for hour-long prayers, but we better make time for ‘day-filled’ prayers. The Bible says to ‘pray without ceasing.’ Live out each day with a prayerful attitude.

II. Let His Word Enrich Our Lives

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

To dwell means “to feel at home.”  Let the Word of Christ become a living part of who you are. Build your life around the truths found in God’s Word.

What are the benefits of building our lives upon the Word of God?

A. Enrich Us With Wisdom

There are so many people in this world who are ready to throw up their hands and quit because they don’t know what to do. Yet the Bible says that if any lacks wisdom, he should go to God.

The Bible says of the Virtuous Woman that – She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.  Because she has filled her mind with God’s Word, she is able to open her mouth with wisdom. Note what Paul says –

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

B. Enrich Us With Joy  

… in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Consider once again the words and example of David. (Note, I have changed this portion of scripture some to make it more meaningful to our moms)

Oh, the joys of the wife and mother who does not follow the advice of the world, but instead her delight is in doing God’s will. Constantly she is considering what His law teaches. Therefore, she will be like a tree that has been planted along the riverbank, always bearing fruit every season without fail. Her leaves will never wither, and in all she does, she shall prosper.  (Psalm 1:1-3 paraphrased)

There are few people who have time to spend hours on end studying the Bible. Yet everyone believer can meditate upon nuggets of spiritual truth. To meditate means to ponder it over and over, thinking about all that it says and all it can do and applying it to our lives.  Paul tells us that such thinking will produce a life filled with joy and wisdom

III. Let His Glory Be Our Aim

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Sometimes life can become difficult and hectic that we begin to think – “What am I doing? What’s it all about?” The Bible teaches us that we have each and everyone been created by God and for His glory. Consider what Paul wrote earlier in this same letter –

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist .

Therefore Paul says – ‘whatever you do, do it in the name of Jesus.’What you do as a mother matters tremendously to God. What you do as a dad is very important to Him. Jesus said that even a cup of cold water given in His name will receive a reward. Our job is to raise our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

One of the great secrets Tammy and I learned about parenting is that God has to be just as real in our lives Monday through Saturday as He is on Sunday. We can’t hang God up with our church clothes.

“…whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

CONCLUSION

The truth is, there are no Supermen or Superwomen. We’re just moms and dads, husbands and wives, sons and daughters – struggling with a fallen sinful nature. Help for us. God Himself wants to help us every step of the way. We need to learn to let:

– His Peace Rule Our Lives

– His Word Enrich Our Lives

– His Glory Be Our Aim


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