Friday Jul 31

Brother and Sister and Mother

“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12: 50)

When one enters into God’s Kingdom, all of Heaven and earth rejoice. It is amazing to witness a baptism and see a person emerge from the sacred waters as a new creature in Christ (Colossians 3:10). How much more wonderful, then, can it be to participate in the baptism of the most special and significant person in your life: your mother? As God’s humble servants, Shawn [Patterson], Angel [Maldonado] and Derrick [Steverson] did just that and baptized us and brought three new souls into the Kingdom.

Observing our precious sons and daughter fulfilling God’s command to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28: 19) made our hearts hungry and thirsty for the Lord. Proudly and thankfully we praised God for our children’s salvation and new lives. By their example and doctrine, each of us were led to the foot of the cross by the awesome ones God entrusted to us. God’s word always rings true and He said “a little child will lead them” (Isaiah 11: 6). Though adults, they will always be our “little ones.”

Speaking from a mother’s point of view, outside of the births of our children, their being a part of our rebirth is an experience like no other. The ones that we delivered had a hand in our deliverance. God is awesome, amazing and has a sense of humor -- they are now our “elders,” spiritually speaking. However, we will forever be Mom, and our “children rise and called us blessed” (Proverbs 31:28).

Just as Shawn, Angel and Derrick were instrumental in our conversions, you can be instrumental in the conversions of others. Whether it’s your mother, father, sister, brother, relative, friend or a stranger, Jesus is the light within you that draws sinners to repentance. Your righteous love walk, your diligence and obedience, your selfless service, and your worship make you “sons of light” (John 12:36). Jesus said to Peter and Andrew in Matthew 4: 19, “Come, follow me…and I will make you fishers of men.” I challenge you to continue to follow Jesus, illuminate the darkness in this sinful world and cast out our nets to bring brothers and sisters and mothers into the Kingdom.

-Signed, Mothers in Christ