Title: The Sacrifices of Mothers
Text: John 2:1-5
[Joh 2:1] And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
[Joh 2:2] And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
[Joh 2:3] And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
[Joh 2:4] Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
[Joh 2:5] His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
- When the marriage in Cana took place, the mother of Jesus and Jesus were invited
- At some point during the marriage, they ran out of wine
- The mother instinct of Mary kicked in
- She knew that if the marriage ran out of wine, it will be shameful for the bride and groom
- As a mother, she had to do something
- Even though Jesus had yet to perform any miracle, she knew he could do something
- She reported the matter to God
- We know the rest of the story
- Mothers are always making sacrifices
- No matter how the society portrays women as second class citizens, the fact is they are the best class citizens
- A man can only be born by a woman. I’m yet to see a man give birth
- A man is not complete until he has found his wife, and the Scripture says [Pro 18:22] Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
- Not only are the wives good, but they are also favor to their husbands
- If one were to abuse what is good, the favor becomes disfavor
- The word “mother” has the word “sacrifice” embedded in it
- There is no way a woman can become a mother without making sacrifices
- When a women gets married, the first thing she does is sacrifice her name. She goes from Ms. Jones to Mrs. Johnson
- Then she sacrifices her womanhood for the man
- Then she sacrifices her body when she gets pregnant. A 110 lbs woman will be 150 lbs because of pregnancy
- Then she sacrifices her sleep, because she is up all night attending to the baby
- Then she sacrifices her dreams taking care of the child. Some mothers put their education on hold, some put their careers on hold to take care of their children.
- Then the hard labor begins – she cooks, cleans, do laundry, give children their bath, get them ready for school, drop them off at school, pick them up from school, go to after school programs, go to recreational programs, etc…
- She sacrifices her finances – before a mother would spend $1 on herself, she would have spent $10 on her family
- Now, we have set a day apart to celebrate mothers. Everyday should be mothers day.
- When you eat her meal, say thank you
- When you wear the clothes she laundered, say thank you
- When she drops you off at school, say thank you
- When she brings home groceries, say thank you
- Everyday should be mothers’ day
- Mothers, we stop to salute you and let you know how much we appreciate you today.
- Some days you probably wonder if what you’re doing even matters.
- Your work is never done, you’re always exhausted and there is no big financial reward, neither is your role defined by a paycheck or a promotion.
- How much is the work of a mother worth?
- She works 135 hours/week
- 135 hours/week * $50/hr = $6750/week * 52 weeks = $351,000/year
- That is without overtime pay, so factor in the overtime = $370,500
- Mothers don’t take sick days off, so you got to pay her for that
- Mothers don’t take vacation days, so you got to pay her for that
- Mothers don’t take holidays off, so you got to pay her for that
- Mothers don’t take breaks, so you have add that too
- By the time you are done, a mother’s job is worth more than $1M/year.
- At this rate, we can’t afford to pay our mothers
- The good thing is, mothers are not looking for the money
- All they want is the appreciation
- In conclusion, I’d like us to watch a short video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWcJZ210AaM
- Mothers, you are the Director of Operations.
- Thank you for all the sacrifices you make every day for the sake of your family.
- Only God can repay you, and God will surely repay you.
- Happy Mothers Day