The Bible says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth” (Ephesians 6:1-3). Paul in his letter to the church at Ephesus quotes the fourth commandment to explain how Christians must conduct themselves before others. He says, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). In an age in which evil seems to be everywhere and growing stronger every day, people who are wise in their walk with Jesus, should commit themselves to live honorably at home.
The word from “HONOR” in the Bible means “WEIGHTY” or “HEAVY.” When we honor in the since that God requires, we feel a heavy weight of responsibility. Honor builds up our stamina. Honor is a spiritual muscle builder especially when it is given to parents. Honor is a visible demonstration of spiritual strength. Many times the word “HONOR” is used in the context of giving glory and praise to God, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come…” (Revelation 19:7). God is the real heavy-weight who deserves first priority honor from His people.
Today, we “HONOR” the mothers of our church. Most of the heavy lifting in our homes falls on our mothers. Remember what Proverbs says, “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also and he praises her…” (Proverbs 31:25-28). Our mothers bear the heavy weight of providing strength and dignity. They know how to heal what hurts with a simple smile. At the same time, wisdom and kindness flow continuously through their ample supply of grace and love that never seems to run short. Mothers tirelessly attend to the endless needs of everyone. They find little time for themselves because they work for the good of others from dawn until dark. All these great words define mothers.
I miss my mother today. She went to be with the Lord in October of 2008. While I miss her, today I honor her by remembering her memory. I remember how hard she worked. I remember the care and delight she possessed in cooking every meal. I remember her kindness, her firmness, her love for my dad, my sister and me. I remember her reading her Bible. I remember her telling people about Jesus. I remember her praying. I remember my mother and by doing so, I honor her.
There are two great mothers in my life that virtually made me what I am today. One is Maxie Lee Williams who gave birth to me on January 6th, 1948. The other is Robbie Anne Williams who married me on August 16th, 1969. “Lord, I honor your amazing gift of mothers in my life.” Honoring them today on this horizontal plain with a Mother’s Day tribute is a simple way to give honor to God. He commanded us to honor our moms and dads. “Lord Jesus, look upon the honor we give to our mothers today and bless us all as you promised in your word, ‘…that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.’”