Brothers and Sister, before I start, I like to introduce a very special person in our midst this morning –a friend and ministry companion. She is none other than my dear wife, Mother Fatu Zigbuo. Fatu thank you for accompanying me on this trip.
I bring you greetings from Bishop John G. Innis (Resident Bishop Liberia Annual Conference) and the people called United Methodist in the Liberia area.
I also bring you greetings from the St. Matthew’s family in Logan Town and the entire Logan Town community. When I made a stop at the school on Wednesday morning of the week of our departure from Liberia and told some of the students of our trip here, they all grew excited and asked me to let you know that they love and miss you so much. They also asked me to let you know that the memories of the love you show them will always live in their hearts.
Finally, it is our greatest joy to be in your midst this morning, celebrating with you on this glorious Mother’s Day worship service. My wife and I are grateful to you, our friends here at St. Matthew’s for your hand of love, family hood, support and partnership.
My heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the entire Church for the warm welcome and hospitality especially to Rev. Ginger for allowing me to share her pulpit this morning; and as we spend the rest of the week together as family. To God be the glory!
Please now turn with me in the book of Proverb 31:10-30
Key verses: 10, 20, 28-30
From this passage of scripture, the Lord has lay on my heart to share with you, as we celebrate with Mothers around our common globe on the topic: “PEOPLE THE WORLD NEEDS MOST”
Let us pray…. Spirit of the living God…fall fresh on me; Spirit of the living God…fall afresh on us; and let the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight…our Lord and our Redeemer…Amen!
Brethrens, the world is structured by God in such a way that we all need each other. Even though certain people believe that they are needed most because of the status they hold in society –their job or professional background.
Lawyers, doctors, teachers, pastors, engineers, and even technocrats, among others, always think that they are needed the most.
But you see, church, the lawyer cannot boast because without the service of the doctor and the teacher, and without the prayer of the pastor, he or she probably will never practice law.
Pastor on the other hand cannot boast, because he or she needs the advice of the doctor to keep him or her fit, and the knowledge of the teacher to help him meet the demands of his office. So the dependency syndrome cuts across.
Because if you are to trace the origin of all these professional people, skilled and unskilled laborers, you will get to realize that they were all brought into this world by somebody who cradled, nursed, pampered and supported them with love and care. Without that special care, they definitely wouldn’t have made it into this world, let alone their profession. People who sacrifice their everything to give us the best are the people the world needs most.
My friends, from the very beginning of human history, the world has always needed people –people that could turn the course of history; people who would make a difference for the good of humankind. This need has always been there, church.
Back in the Bible days, it took people like Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Esther, among many other noble people of God to save a perishing world.
Today, our present generation is no exception. We live in a world that is so much challenged by total moral breakdown, a chaotic world characterized by total spiritual degeneration. A world where poverty is on the increase –where children and their parents survive on less than a dollar a day .
I am talking about a society where mothers and children stand at the margins of society –a society where people are dying in the thousands from common curable diseases –a society where there is very less or no access to an affordable health care, and educational opportunity for kids to be able to go to school and secure a hope for their tomorrow.
We live in a world where the gap between the “have”and “have not”is widening by the day. You see, my friends, it therefore only but right to reason that the world truly needs someone who will stand up to the challenge of this age.
But the question is who will stand for us….who will go for us….
Folks, it is in this light that my wife and I have come to join you in this special celebration of motherhood and the rest of this week as we reflect.
“People the world needs most”
My friends, true mothers are those the world needs the most.
For you see folks, in our today’s world, it is much more easy to find beautiful and famous women – women who are well educated and affluent. It is easy to find professional women all around us. But true mothers are the often difficult people to find. Caring mothers – these are the people the world needs most.
For when you look around us, you see children languishing out there, with no hope of a better future simply because most mothers are not stepping out in their role as mothers.
In our text, the writer raised a question in verse 10 –who can find a virtuous women; which implies the level of string that is associated with finding people who God can count on.
For you see, my friends, virtuous women are mothers who love God and have the fear of God in their hearts.
They are those who are willing to go beyond where there is no road and leave a footprint. They are the ones who care about the well-being of others –those who look beyond themselves and see the needs of those at the margins of society and give them hope.
Like the Syrophenician woman in Mark 7:24-30, and that of Esther, they are the people who are willing to make their shoulders available for a child who is stricken by disease and have no home, to lean on.
For you see, church, it is only when one’s living can touch somebody’s that your living have a purpose.
It is about time that we will rise above ourselves and begin to show love where there is hate; peace where there is confusion; and hope where there is despair.
When we do this, then the world around us will know that we truly are children of God.
People the world needs most.
Happy Mother’s Day to you all, our loving mothers!