Sunday was Mothers Day in the US. It’s a big deal here. Mothers get calls from their kids, cards, gifts, special attention, and trips to a local restaurant of their choice. Not all mothers celebrate. Some mark the day in pain, remembering broken families, lost relationships, deceased or absent children and mothers of their own. But the day is still a big deal–emotionally and commercially. Our pastor delivered an awesome message, Selfishness to Sacrifice, using the biblical example of Hannah. He gets it.
The “big deal” history of Mother’s Day goes all the way back to Eve, humanity’s first mother. After that unfortunate choice in the Garden, God commissioned Eve, and every woman who followed her, to war against darkness.
I’m declaring war between you and the Woman, between your offspring and hers. He’ll wound your head, you’ll wound his heel. (Genesis 3:15)
God decreed that all righteous daughters and sons in His Kingdom would fight to overcome the evil that had taken possession of the world, and that they would pass that commission on to their children, down through every generation. That was God’s plan. He drew the battle lines, decreed the final outcome, and set humanity in motion against the forces of darkness that had taken over the Earth. He also gave us each the responsibility to choose which legacy we would accept–Life over Death, Light over Darkness, Freedom over Bondage, Salvation over Damnation, and Heaven over Hell.
God had already given the management of earth to Adam and Eve, and through them to all humankind:
God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” (Genesis 1:28.)
Satan’s deceit added a new wrinkle to the “stewardship commission.” To rescue humanity, God declared war on Satan on behalf of all creation, and assigned Eve and all women down through the ages the task of raising children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, and the commission to crush the serpent’s head. Woman’s faithfulness would raise up an Kingdom army through countless generations, led by a Standard Bearer, a Savior, and a Redeemer in Jesus His Son.
And we’ve done it. Righteous women throughout human history have faithfully taken up the gauntlet, and accepted their God-given responsibility for the education, nurturance, and preparation of humanity for the coming of His Kingdom. From Eve to the last woman standing in Revelation, we have been entrusted with the sacred task of developing and preparing disciples to war, alongside Jesus, for the coming of His Kingdom.
We’re active disciples– birthing, nurturing, teaching, civilizing, healing, and restoring His Kingdom–one child, one person, one family, one neighborhood, and one country at a time. It’s an awesome commission–if we choose to accept it. Mother’s Day celebrates Womankind’s Great Commission, begun with Eve, to actively build His Kingdom, until He comes…