02 Oct That Genuine Faith that Dwelt First in Your Mother
Faith – genuine faith – is what Paul vividly remembered as he wrote his last words to Timothy, from a cold prison cell in Rome.
Faith – “which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also”.
Faith – which Lois and Eunice held firmly to, passed down to young Timothy, and was evidently spilling unto the ends of the earth through the work of the Apostles.
Faith – that had witnessed persecution, imprisonment and even the ruthless murder of some apostles, and was still living and active in the third generation of Timothy’s family.
I’m curious about this family.
When and how did they hear about Christ? And what caused them to convert to this new faith? Did they not know the risk?
Granted, they lived in faraway Lystra, but I’m sure they had heard of Paul’s tribulations by now – including the violent stoning he had suffered at the very hands of their countrymen, some time back.
Had they also heard of Stephen and how one passionate speech had cost him his life? By STONING? Were they not afraid?
And what about Timothy? How old was he when he first heard his grandmother talk about Jesus? Or was it his mother?
Was he glad to finally meet Paul? And how come he was not afraid of ending up with the Romans, like Paul did?
I have so many questions.
And then I think about myself. And my kids. How much of my faith do they actually see? Am I imparting anything at all?
I try for sure – I pray with them, pray for them, talk to them about Jesus – especially when upbraiding them – “can you say sorry to Jesus right now for biting your sister” kind of thing.
Would Paul write of my children – “faith, which first dwelt in your mother, and I am persuaded is in you also”.
That’s a sobering thought. Maybe I should resume those Bible-study sessions with them, after all.
Well, there goes more of that forever-scarce Me Time.
But it’s worth it. Eternally so, in fact.
“..when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6