Monday, May 01, 2006

Jesus Had a Mother Too 5-1-06

Good morning, Lord Jesus. I thank You for the life You have given me and I welcome Your Spirit to help me live this life by Your grace and for Your glory. ... It has been good to have my mother here with us for a few days to celebrate the baptism of one son, the birthday of another, the life of each of my five beautiful children, and the blessing of my beautiful wife. My mom loves to love, and one of the ways she loves is by giving abundantly of herself to us and by helping us learn to give abundantly of ourselves to others. I was thinking this morning of how Your mom was the same way: "On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, 'They have no wine.' And Jesus said to her, 'Woman, what concern is that to you and to Me? My hour has not yet come' " (John 2:1-4). Lord Jesus, You had a mother too. Somehow in the mystery of Your humanity and Your divinity, You had a very heavenly Father and a very earthly mother. Mary, the mother of the Son of God, "found favor with God" and conceived You in her womb by the Holy Spirit and bore You as her son -- Son of God and Son of Man (Luke 1:26-38). And with the grace of the wisdom of God and the challenges of human thoughts and desires, Mary mothered You. One thing mothers do is look into the hearts of their sons and daughters to see the calling and destiny of God. By Your grace, they are created and called to see the best in us -- to affirm us and nurture us, discipline us and love us, hold us and heal us, until it's time to release us into maturity and ministry in whatever way You lead. So it was with Mary. Even before it was time for Your hour to come, she knew You were the answer to every need. And no matter what we might think of Your humanity and divinity, of Your humility as the Son of Man and Your authority as the Son of God, that day Your mother had her way. By the end of that day the water was turned to wine -- whether You told Your mother Your hour had not yet come or not (John 2:5-11). Thank You for the gift of mothers who see the best in us because they see You in us. Any good in us is You, because apart from You there truly is no good in us. Apart from You, we can do nothing, but as we abide in You and You abide in us, our lives bear much good fruit (John 15:5). And mothers have the eyes of God to see the fruit we are called to bear long before we see it ourselves. They plant the seeds and nurture the shoots; they water us with Your Word and set us in Your Light, until we grow up to become who You've created us to be. Mothers are a gift of God. And by Your Holy Spirit living in them, our mother's are the hands and heart of God to encourage us as sons and daughters of God to take those steps into our destiny even when we don't yet know our time has come. You had a mother like that. And so do I. Thank You for the gift of my mother and thank You for loving me and mothering me through her. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. Be encouraged this day! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays To subscribe/unsubscribe, or to order my teaching and prayer dvd's (and now cd's) for spiritual transformation through inner healing and deliverance, write to me at Messiah Ministries"Preparing the Way of the Lord." 2800 Tates Creek Rd; Lexington, Kentucky 40502: Come to The Fountain the 3rd Friday night of every month at 7 pm for our citywide gathering for prayer, praise, and healing worship. Daily archives of my devotional: