Let’s keep going with this passage:
“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)
Now, I love this next part: “…how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures.” Do you see it? Do you see their love for this boy? Ever since Timothy was born, “from infancy,” Grandma and Mama taught him the love of God is true and faithful. They taught Scripture so he’d know where to run when life got rough and he needed guidance or help or encouragement. They made sure that he knew the healing power of the Lord, that prayer is a mighty weapon, and that he could be sustained in knowing a God who cares.
But here’s the thing — they didn’t wait until he was “old enough.” They started when he was born, when he was a baby, “from infancy.” If you have children, no matter how old they are, now is the time to start teaching them God loves them. God is their Helper. Timothy learned about the Lord from infancy.
I read the Bible to my boys everyday. Sometimes it’s a Bible story, other times it’s a Bible verse book (which they’ve basically memorized!) Some nights after we read, we sing songs that come from scripture and without realizing it, they’ve memorized even more verses. We pray together thanking God for our family, asking him to help our friends, and welcoming Jesus to be our best friend. We’ve done this since they were little. When Isaac, my 3 year old, wakes up with night terrors, you know the best and fastest way to calm him? By singing “Jesus Loves Me” and asking Jesus to watch over him and keep him safe from bad dreams.
It is never too early to teach your children about Jesus.
Why is it important to teach our young ones early? “To make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” Starting early with our kids prepares their hearts to personally accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior! The earlier the better! Then they can have the strength and power of Jesus in them as they face all of life’s challenges and joys! As a young adult they will already have years of experience to remind them of Jesus’ faithfulness and goodness to lean on when the going gets tough. What a blessing!
It is never too early!
Grandma Lois and Mama Eunice knew the importance of starting early because they wanted Timothy to know God as soon as possible. And they knew the Lord was the most precious gift they could ever give him.
No matter how old your children are, now is the time to teach them about Jesus.
(2 Timothy 1:2-5, Acts 16: 1-3, 2 Timothy 3:14-17)