Have you hugged your Mother today?
Galatians 4:26 (KJV) But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
In this letter to saints in Galatia, Apostle Paul uses the perfect metaphor for the Church, the Body, the Bride of Christ: The Mother of us all. The Amplified Version of the Bible calls it “the Messianic kingdom of Christ.” The Message paraphrase says, “the invisible Jerusalem, a free Jerusalem, and she is our mother.” Remember where the Holy Spirit first indwelled believers as they were born again of the Spirit? In Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost!
We saints of the New Testament have a Father in Jesus; we have a symbolic Mother in the Church. This blessed union produces children: Saints! It’s time that we all arise as the Children of God and honor our Mother! Where would you or I be, without our Mother, the Church of the Living God?
SHOWING THE HOODLUMS
I’ll always remember my dear natural mother, Sis. Jan Haymon, as a nurturing and guiding influence in my childhood and youth. One vivid memory is of her driving with my young sisters and I as passengers on a busy street alongside a truck-full of rowdy hoodlums. They were up to no good, and looking for laughs. Suddenly, they swerved closer to our vehicle and began shouting at us, “Hey, lady, move over! You’re too close! Get over!!” I was shocked that anyone would dare speak to my mother in such a disrespectful way. Her response? She told us kids, “Don’t look at them! Keep your eyes straight ahead!” I’ll never forget her resolute and stoic profile focusing like a laser on the road ahead as they roared off to more interesting exploits. She didn’t let those noisy boys unsettle nor distract her from the matter at hand: Driving her children safely home.
LESSONS FOUNDED IN LOVE
Looking back, I reflect on the fact that my mother has always been an excellent example, not just of attention-focus, but of a multitude of character-building, adult-shaping, will-disciplining, life lessons. I so love my mother and am thankful for her today. What a blessed man I am, and what blessed children I have! The Lord has given my kids a model Apostolic lady to be their mother: my beautiful wife, Sis. LaRonda Haymon. They have two beautiful grandmothers, both of whom are with us today.
A MOTHER’S JOY
Let me assure you: The True Church of Jesus Christ, the “Mother of us all,” is always the guiding and nurturing influence that all her children need. As pastor of the absolutely finest church in the world, CAC, allow me to say, “Our newborns bring us unspeakable joy!” Additionally, I must quickly say, “Our Father has no greater joy than to know that His children walk and are growing everyday in truth!”
HONOR HER TODAY
How can you “hug” your Mother, the church? Be faithful and early to services. Worship the Lord and listen attentively. Serve with all your heart. Pray fervently and intercede for your spiritual leadership. Let your lifestyle speak highly of your spiritual “home” and represent her well. The list goes on and on.
Let the births continue, let the growth be sustained as we embrace the blessing of knowing, loving, and honoring our Mother. The Church, your church, Calvary Apostolic, is committed to spiritual maternity and maturity. Thank you, all you biological mothers, for doing your best at exemplary Godly motherhood. Happy Mother’s Day!