WHY MOTHERS MATTER
As the young man was saying his final goodbyes to his mother, through tear filled eyes, she asked, “Robert, will you make one final promise to me?”
“Yes, ma’am,” he responded with a promise in his voice.
“Promise me,” she begged, “that every night before you lie down to sleep, that you will read a chapter from the Bible and pray.”
Hesitatingly, but sincerely, he replied, “I will.”
Sometime later, keeping that promise led to his conversion to Christ. One day as he was walking on a country road in Scotland, he saw a poster announcing a missionary meeting. He decided to attend that meeting and while listening to the message, “God prompted the heart of the youth to become a missionary.” Soon after attending that meeting, God called him to become a missionary to South Africa.
He labored among the Bacchanals for twelve years before there were any conversions. His loyalty to them finally lead to a revival that eventually spread to other tribes in the region and many came to know Christ.
As the revival spread and the church grew, he realized the need that the people had for a copy of the New Testament in their own language. He realized that if they were to learn God’s Word and live God’s way, they had to have a Bible. So, he not only translated the Scriptures, he procured a printing press to print it.
Robert Moffat opened the jungles to the Gospel; he braved their dangers, withstood the threats of medicine men, taught the natives to read, write, sing and farm and wrote two books about missions. What an impact one mother’s request had on her son!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we realize the importance of a mother’s influence and we ask that You equip and enable them to influence their children in Your ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 2 Timothy 3:13-16 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.