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A Message about Mothers

By: Lydia Camp

 

There’s no way to be a perfect Mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” Jill Churchill

Maybe you are a Mom, or you are married to a woman whom your children know as “Mom”. Moms have biological children, fostered, or adopted children, and/or spiritual children. Moms may have children on this earth, or children in heaven.

So much could be said about Moms and being a Mom.

We all have one thing in common: we were all carried in the womb of our Mom. Whether she was in our lives for many years, for a brief period, or perhaps “Mom” is the one who raised us, but didn’t birth us. For a select some, dad may have wore the hat of both “mom” and “dad”.

Recently we took time to remember and honor our Moms. I’m so grateful for my own Mom, for my mother-in-love who now has a grandstand view from her heavenly home, and for all the spiritual mothers in my life. I am especially grateful for my own children who make me a mom, and for those God brings me to help nurture in the Spirit as my spiritual children.

God has been family-oriented from the beginning. Looking at the Godhead we see this beautiful unity with the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. We see it in the angels He created, the heavenly hosts that surround the throne room. Then God created man and woman in His perfect Garden. He created them in His image, and with them He fellowshipped and communed. It was His original design.

“So God created mankind in his own image in the image of God he created them; male and female He created them.” Gen 1:27

God’s original design was for us to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over it (Gen1:28).

This mandate was to BOTH Adam and Eve. God made them a team. It was His original design and purpose, that they work together to be fruitful – not just in having babies, but fruitful in all they did. They were to steward well what God had entrusted to them: the Garden. It was His purpose that they rule and reign in dominion over the earth, together. Now we know that once sin entered in, the dynamics changed. Sin was a curse, and we see Adam and Eve now have distance between them and God, and their own relationship changed as well…

Then he said to the woman,
“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you.

And to the man he said,
“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.

It will grow thorns and thistles for you,

though you will eat of its grains.

By the sweat of your brow

will you have food to eat

until you return to the ground

from which you were made.

For you were made from dust,

and to dust you will return.”

Gen 3:16-17

 

Though the curse came through the first Adam, we have another Adam who has reversed the curse!

Gal 3:13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

Romans 5:16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.

“Jesus undid everything Adam did and did everything Adam failed to do.” Sinclair Furguson

Gen 3:20 Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.

Now, Eve was the one who was made to “bear” life, and as women we are still LIFE GIVERS today. We are life-givers in our homes, for our children, to our husbands…as well as bringing life into the world through schools, our communities, and the business world. As women and moms, we are designed by God to give natural and spiritual life.

We are all a product of the Garden. And though we are born under the curse of sin, Jesus, through his death, burial, and resurrection, breaks the curse and desires to restore us to His original design for our lives – as it was in the original Garden. Male or Female, His desire is for us to know His Son, and to be redeemed and restored to His original design through the transformative work of the Cross and the Spirit of Christ who indwells us.

God’s original design has never changed.

Maybe we’ve seen the evidence of the fall in our family of origin, or in our own families today. There is nothing beyond the reach of the Cross, nothing the Blood of Christ cannot touch, cleanse, restore, redeem. He’s not restoring us to a “less sinful state”, but to His original design for us.

There is a principle of sowing and reaping at work here in our lives:

“You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:7-9

This principle is tied into the Garden. Whatever we sow, we reap. Don’t give up! Keep sowing what is good, what is God, and we will reap a harvest of BLESSING!