Church of the Living Word

What is a True Mother?
By Matt Walkoe   January 7th, 2018

The godly seed in the earth is perpetuated from generation to generation through the impartation of true spiritual mothers. There is an old Yiddish proverb which says, “God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.” A true spiritual mother is more than just a human being; she is a shadow of God in the earth.

After a child is born, a mother must realize that God has a plan for that child’s life. She must realize that her children can be brought into their destiny, more by one word of faith from her than by all of their heredity and environment. A mother’s faith is a powerful thing. We see this faith illustrated in some of the mothers in the Scriptures.

The mother of Abraham’s first son, Ishmael, was Hagar. She and her son were sent away into the wilderness and nearly perished. However, Hagar cried out to God that she would not see her child die. The Father not only heard Hagar’s cry, but He made a provision for Ishmael and blessed him. A mother should not be fearful for her children when they are suffering, but pray to the Lord, for He hears her prayers of faith and desperation. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, was barren. She miraculously gave birth to his second son, Isaac, the child of promise. Children can be a miracle! They can be the visible, tangible evidence of a promise from God that has no limitation to it.

A true spiritual mother is like Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel. She was also barren but the Lord remembered her and she bore a son. In return, Hannah dedicated Samuel to the Lord. A true spiritual mother is not possessive of her children, but commits back to God that which she has brought forth. The act of dedicating a child to the Lord is far greater, in God’s eyes, than conceiving that child in the first place. When you dedicate a child to the Lord, He gives that child back to you to raise and be the steward of. Hannah brought a new linen ephod each year to Samuel at Shiloh. A true mother never stops creating her children, but opens the door for them to progress and become something far greater than their human potential could ever foretell.

A true mother is like the virgin Mary, the mother of our Lord. When the angel came to her to announce Jesus’ birth, her response was, “Be it done to me according to Your Word” (Luke 1:38). The promise to Mary was: The son which you bear shall be called Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23). A true mother is not just a natural parent, she is a spiritual mother who creates the atmosphere for men and women of God to grow and become. Mary created that atmosphere for Jesus until the day that He died. Then, on the Day of Pentecost, she became the mother to the newly birthed Church.

Being a mother does not necessarily require giving birth to a natural child who takes on your characteristics and heredity. She can also be a spiritual mother that creates many things which God brings forth. Jesus said, “Who is My mother? The one who hears the Word of God and does it” (Mark 3:33-35). No doubt every mother has faults, but that is not what determines how successful they are. The way that you believe determines your success. When you raise your children for God, He will remember you and bless that drive.

Scriptures: Genesis 21:13-21; 12:2-3; 17:15-16; Hebrews 11:11-12; I Samuel 1:19-28; 2:18-19; Luke 1:31-38; (Matthew 1:23); (Mark 3:33-35).

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