2 Timothy 1:5
"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."
When I read this verse it gives me cause to pause.
What do others remember of us? Do they see and remember unfeigned faith in us?
UNFEIGNED, adjective Not feigned; not counterfeit; not hypocritical; real; sincere; as unfeigned piety to God; unfeigned love to man. (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)
Do they see our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?
Is our faith alive and growing? Is it shared with those we know and meet?
Paul says this of Timothy...but what he says next really stirs me.
Which dwelt first (speaking of the unfeigned faith) in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice. Two godly women in his life. It is very apparent that they didn't keep their faith to themselves. It does not mention who was saved first, the grandmother or the mother, but they both had the same faith in the Lord Jesus.
They obviously shared this faith with Timothy. What a testimony to the love of God in bringing saving faith to their child.
It stirs me to share more and more with my children.
To talk with them about the Lord Jesus "in the way".
I encourage you to read Luke chapter 24: 13-32 regarding two men that were walking in the way...talking about what had just happened concerning the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Jesus joined them (although they did not perceive it was him). When He saw that they were not understanding, he brought them to understanding through His word! Not just talking about things, but going back to what was already written in scripture.
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." Luke 24:27b
Ought we not do this also? In our regular everyday comings and goings..should we not be talking about the Lord Jesus with our children? Telling them of the great things the Lord has done, and taking them to the scriptures as the Lord Jesus gave us example?
"And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"
It does not need to be an intense in depth study each time. It can just be proclaiming the scriptures to them. As we do things as simple as washing the dishes or laundry. Talking about the Lord Jesus and how he washes away sin when you repent and believe on the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of your sin. When disciplining our children, explaining to them why something is wrong, and what the Lord says about it. Take them to the scriptures for them to read it for themselves...so they know it's not just you saying something...but that they hear it from the Lord himself. For the Bible is God's word! That is how He speaks to us today, through the written word. Do our hearts burn within us when we delve into the Truth written in the pages of our Bibles?
Persuaded in thee also. Knowing the faith of the mothers...it is evident that Timothy was also holding to that same faith. Can we say that about our children? We have such a ministry in our own homes for the Lord.
The Lord can save our children and use them for His glory!
Love and Prayers,