Motherhood as an office:
Motherhood as an office – when being a mother is an office of dignity. Notice that single mothers aren’t pariahs.
I recently read a preacher’s comments on single mothers. I will leave out all the scenarios he painted but stay with the most intriguing of his submissions.
“Children brought up by women only aren’t well parented”
Surely he didn’t get such thoughts from scriptures. Like other things he said, colored with cultural and societal influence.
Scriptures are replete with notable figures who were either impacted by their mothers or where we see the mothers as playing major roles in their lives
Motherhood – Moses In View:
Exodus 2:1-4,8-9 KJV
 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
3] And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.
4] And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
8] And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.  And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
She nursed him and brought him up, very little mention is made of his father, even though he must have played a role too.
She was a woman of faith.
Hebrews 11:23 KJV
 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
Numbers 26:59 KJV
 And the name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, whom her mother bare to Levi in Egypt: and she bare unto Amram Aaron and Moses, and Miriam their sister.
Her name was Jochebed.
Jesus In View:
Jesus in his incarnation was known more with the Mother than the Father (naturally speaking)
Save the Angels visitation, only Mary was known to have taken Jesus words in more gravity.
Luke 2:19,51 KJV
 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
51] And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
She kept his words and words about him in her heart.
She saw and acknowledged His miracle ministry.
John 2:3, 5 KJV
 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
5] His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it .
She prompted his first miracle.
She was a person of faith.
She was there again at the crucifixion
John 19:25 KJV
 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
Nothing about Joseph .except the mention of being a carpenter.
She again featured as his disciple upon His resurrection
Acts 1:14 KJV
 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
Timothy’s mother a woman of prayer:
His father was mentioned just once, not as a believer.
Acts 16:1-2 KJV
 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:
2] Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
He was known for faith, Timothy and good report.
Definitely, not through his father.
Hear Paul’s submission
2 Timothy 1:5 KJV
 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
Just the women, his mother and grandmother.
Women of faith, they made Timothy what Paul saw and commended.
No single mention of his father or grandfather.
They single handedly were responsible for his spiritual development till Paul.
John’s letter too commended a mother in fact mothers
2 John 1:1, 4, 13 KJV
 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.
He actually mentions two Christian women, who brought up believing children; he commended her that her children were walking in the light.
They might have been single mothers or not we can’t say but they were singular in raising the godly children
What Apostle Paul Said About Widows:
1 Timothy 5:10 KJV
 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children,
Different reasons occasion single motherhood.
Death of a spouse, divorce, children born before or out of wedlock (which isn’t proper and scripturally right for a believer)
However, it is NOT a life sentence of failure.
It mustn’t make anyone look for a man desperately because the children might turn way ward.
Single mothers can be godly parents and raise children who will be godly too.
So next time anyone preaches this tainted message, whilst we encourage all women to seek marriage which is good and honorable, we must remind the speaker to read his bible!
Hope this is clear
I call you blessed
About The Author:
Pastor Chris Segun Onayinka is a Nigerian Pastor and a profound teacher of the word of God who teaches explicitly, the gospel of Jesus Christ and the New Creation realities. A Nigerian lawyer by profession, He is the founder and senior Pastor of The Saints Community Church.