The old adage goes: “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” In a day and age when motherhood is belittled by a secular culture that mocks traditional, biblical family roles, it is important for Christians to be reminded of the noble and high calling of a mother. Many mothers feel that their primary task of childrearing and homemaking is trivial. However, a woman who is pouring herself into the spiritual development of her children day in and day out, is doing more to influence the next generation than any politician, entertainer, professor, or even preacher can do. John Wesley remarked, “I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians in England.” Wesley, along with many Christians, can thank God for a godly heritage that was passed on through a godly mother.
Mothers are never disparaged in the Bible. Rather, motherhood is seen as an honorable and high calling for a woman to pursue. Many godly leaders have a mother that helped shaped their worldview when they were still young. Many can point back to their formative years and recognize the influence that a mother had on shaping them for good. Such was the case with Timothy. In 2 Timothy 1:5, Paul wrote to his protégé in the faith and said: “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded in thee also.” Paul recognized that the faith that was in Timothy was a result of a godly heritage that was passed on to him through his mother and grandmother. Timothy’s faith was “unfeigned”, literally meaning “unhypocritical”. Timothy was not acting a part. His faith was genuine and was based on an inner reality of knowing God. Timothy’s unhypocritical faith, however, blossomed out of the spiritual soil in the home in which he had been planted. Although, his father was likely not a Christian, Timothy’s mother had such a real faith that it impacted a young boy that would grow into a champion of the gospel as a grown man. Charles Spurgeon remarked, “Grace does not run in blood, but it often runs side by side with it.” A godly mother can have an eternal impact on a child.
A mother should never see her task of training children as menial and a waste of time. We must recognize the eternal impact that a mother can have on future generations by teaching them to love God’s law (Ps. 119:97), to meditate in God’s law (Ps. 119:97), to delight in God’s law (Ps. 119:103), and to understand God’s law (Ps. 119:104). A real faith is often caught by an observant child.
Society is better because of godly mothers. Churches are stronger because of godly mothers. Homes are happier because of godly mothers. Children are led in the way of “unfeigned faith” because of godly mothers.