Do you remember the smell? Do you remember the taste of your Mom’s Cookin’?
Mother’s Day is a great reminder to be grateful. It’s the perfect day to pamper and praise your mom and all moms. I’m blessed with a great mom, a great mother-in-law, and a wonderful wife as the best mom our kids could hope for!
My Mom is a great cook! My personal favorite is the chocolate chip cookies! She does a Thanksgiving meal that could get a death threat from Martha Stewart and Julia. She does wings that any sports bar would buy in bulk. She does a spinach salad with strawberries that your favorite organic eatery will never equal. She does a slow baked Chex Mix that is like a narcotic. Wow! I’m ready for a nap!
Let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like the feeling you get walking into your home to the smell of a good home cooked meal. Don’t get me wrong: I like to cook and do the dishes more often than not. My wife’s just better at it, and she’d bury me if I tried to completely take over. People spend way too much money trying to get back to the quality of Mom’s Cookin’.
What can we learn about God’s love from Mom’s Cookin’?
1. Mom’s cooking showed love and it just might be a reflection of God’s love.
A. By design: choosing what is best for you
B. By choice: decision of the will
C. By hard work: time and effort invested
D. By grace and mercy even when we don’t deserve it
E. Not a one-time event, but a lifetime of love
2. God’s “agape” love: sacrificial love regardless of the worth of its object.
Romans 5:5-8 Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
3. Christ example of choosing to serve us: Philippians 2:6-8
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!
4. Christ words about the agape love state of being: Matthew 5:3-10
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
5. Paul’s description of a Christ like love in action: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Msg
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.
6. Questions we should all ask:
A. Who do I love, with agape?
B. How do I choose who I love, with agape?
C. In what areas do I need more love, by agape?
7. Reminders we should have:
A. A great moms only get better as a Christ follower.
B. A Christ follower loves via agape.
C. We cannot love with agape without God help.
D. We should daily ask for help with more agape.
E. We need to think about who we should love, with agape?
F. We need to plan how we love people, with agape?
G. Agape is love with quality. It’s not cheap.
“Christ didn’t die for us because we’re worth dying for, but because He is intrinsically love, and loves infinitely.”
“Once ‘the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit,’ we deliberately begin to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ’s interests and purpose in other’s lives (Romans 5:5). And Jesus has an interest in every individual person.”
My beautiful wife Rebecca the amazing mother of our children: