Hello again! We were talking about Grandma Lois and Mama Eunice and the influence they had on their boy, Timothy for the Lord’s sake, by living with a sincere faith. Check out what this passage shows us about Grandma Lois & Mama Eunice even though it doesn’t specifically mention them.
“But as for you (Timothy,) continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim 3: 14,15) My oh my, there’s a lot in there if we only look! And those verses are quickly becoming a favorite of mine.
Starting with verse 14, the first phrase, “continue what you have learned” — what does that say about Grandma Lois and Mama Eunice? In order for Timothy to continue what he’s learned, that means someone had to start off teaching him! These two ladies loved their boy so much that they spent time teaching him! Talking to him! Showing him! Training him! Loving him! They spent time with him! And they did such a commendable job that Paul encourages Timothy to continue it. Why continue it? “Because you know from whom you learned it” — his spiritual education comes from most trusted sources, his mother and grandmother, who we know had a sincere faith living in them. Their foundation was God, just as it should be. Timothy’s foundation was based in God because he saw how these women lived. Oh my goodness, how absolutely wonderful.
We spend more time with our children than anyone else, so let’s teach them the love of Jesus, giving them a solid foundation. When they see us pray over their hurts, that’s a brick in their foundation. When we read them the Bible, another brick is laid. When we sing “Jesus Loves Me” or the same praise songs 900,000 times, remember, you’re laying another brick. When we ask Jesus to help our children on their math or spelling test and to calm their nerves…another brick. When they catch us reading our Bible or praying…you got it, another brick…an important brick. Giving our children a solid foundation in Jesus is a brick by brick process, and we need to make sure our foundation is firm as well.
What kind of foundation are we laying for our children, because that is indeed what we are doing. Let’s give them the most solid one we can, one based on Jesus, so as they grow they can continue in what they’ve learned.
A powerful thought.
(2 Timothy 1:2-5, Acts 16: 1-3, 2 Timothy 3:14-17)