“Your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice.” 2 Ti 1:5 NIV
Leaving your mark on your children isn’t optional, but leaving a godly mark on them is. The seeds you sow today will continue to grow in them lifelong, and in your grandchildren too. Paul saw in Timothy the potential harvest he’d produce for Christ. He saw, too, that the fruit originated with the root: a mother and grandmother who were sold out to Christ. What an encouragement for widowed, divorced, single mothers and those without believing husbands. These two women raised a servant of God without the help of a Christian father. And Mother, God can enable you to do likewise!
What does it take to raise a Timothy? Two things: (1) It takes a role model. Paul spoke of Timothy’s “sincere (Greek: un-hypocritical) faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and…now lives in you.” The faith they imparted “first lived in” each of them. If it’s to live in our kids, they must first see it living in us. In a world where phonies sometimes masquerade as Christians, genuine faith stands out like a beacon against the night sky. Our children have a built-in “phony-baloney detector” that picks up on counterfeits and rejects them. But the genuine article will draw them like a magnet. (2) It takes teaching God’s Word. Timothy’s mother and grandmother planted the Scriptures in the receptive soil of his young heart before the surrounding culture could get to him. Paul reminded him, “How from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures” (2Ti 3:15 NIV). That’s how to raise a Timothy.