For his Mother’s Day sermon, Steve opened with Galatians 6:7-10, noting that whatever people do habitually is what they will get. Spiritually-speaking, sowing to the flesh will reap corruption. God’s blessing come as we walk in the Spirit.
“I’m glad this is in the Bible,” Steve said. “If you’ve been a Christian for a period of time, every Christian asks, ‘Why am I trying so hard? My prayers aren’t being answered; I’m trying to raise my kids the right way and it’s not working.’ But verse 9 says, ‘Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season you will reap.’”
Referring to David’s lament in Psalm 73 over the wicked prospering, he mentioned that Paul says it’s natural to feel “it’s not working.” A lot of times it feels like what we’re doing is meaningless and nobody appreciates what we do. Mothers are especially susceptible to such feelings. However, Steve said there are two things we must realize:
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says everything has a season. God determines the seasons, not us. Examples of what doing the right things looks like are raising children for the Lord, including teaching them Scripture as long as they’re at home. Too many parents give up when the kids are 11 or 12, Steve said: “I want to encourage you to never back off. Even when they’re out of the house you can text them, ‘Son, I’m praying for you.’”
- We should establish Scriptural habits at home. He noted how his father could turn mowing the grass, brushing his teeth, and washing dishes into Bible lessons. When he got upset that his sixth-grade social studies project didn’t win an award, his mother told him the attitude of his heart was wrong. We can’t be addicted to immediate results because God is always slow and deliberate.
“The pouring out of the Holy Spirit (on Pentecost) happened 800 years after Joel prophesied,” Steve said. “The reason why we can’t grow weary is knowing God is faithful. We know if we continue to sow Scripture God will honor that.”
We should also be aware of the world’s worldview that teaches a particular way a woman is to be successful, but that doesn’t match up with a biblical view. God is most glorified when we are satisfied in Him, Steve said. He read Isaiah 40:27-31 and advised us to remember that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength.