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May 9, 2018
May 8, 2018, 4:51 PM

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” 1 Samuel 1: 27-28

Mothers have an extraordinary responsibility. A huge part of that responsibility is training their children to follow Christ. Training them has a much deeper meaning than teaching them. Hannah is a great example of the way God desires for all of us to be willing to “die to self”. As you remember, Hannah was one of two wives of Elkanah. She was barren while Elkanah’s other wife was able to have children. As Hannah prayed that God would give her a child, she promised to dedicate her child to the Lord’s service. God answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, Samuel. Hannah fulfilled her promise and dedicated Samuel to the Lord’s work under Eli the priest.

God calls each of us to be willing to forsake all to follow Him. In Hannah’s case, it meant dedicating Samuel and leaving him at the temple to study, learn and serve God. In Matthew 10:37 we read; “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me”. Jesus makes it very clear that we must put Him before everyone else in our lives including family members. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we are reminded and thankful for the way God uses mothers to help shape our lives. It gives us the opportunity to understand our responsibility to our mothers and the responsibility of mothers to their children.

Children are a gift from God and they are to be dedicated to His service. Does this mean that you will not see them often as was the case for Hannah? Not necessarily but it could. There are many moms today that do not get to see their children very often for a variety of reasons. Some are serving as missionaries and are not able to get home. Others may be serving in the military and are not able to make it home. Others have obligations that take them far away from their immediate family. Regardless of how often you see your children, it is comforting to know that they have been trained and dedicated to following God’s ways. When that is the case, it doesn’t matter where they are because you know that God loves them (even more than you do) and He desires to use them to further His Kingdom. Moms, thanks so much for all that you do for your family. May you have a very happy and blessed Mother’s Day!

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