Welcome to another week looking at some amazing women from the New Testament (don’t forget to check out Naomi’s post about Pricilla). We get two for the price of one this week as we look at the mother/daughter team that is Lois and Eunice, the grandmother and mother of Timothy, one of the recipients of Paul’s letters who he met on his missionary trips. We focused our meditations on this verse:
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and I am persuaded now lives in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5
The first phrase that really jumped out at me this week and which I spent quite a bit of time thinking about was “sincere faith”. I wondered why Paul had used this turn of phrase, rather than just the word faith on its own. What was it about the faith shown by Timothy, Lois and Eunice that made it sincere? When I looked up the definition of sincere, I loved this explanation:
“free from pretence or deceit; proceeding from genuine feelings.”
They weren’t just pretending to love God, they had a genuine love for the Him. I imagine their actions and the way they looked after Paul when he visited proceeded from their love for God, and Paul was witness to that. Do we have sincere faith like Lois and Eunice? Or are we just pretending? I pray that all of us have a faith that is born out of a genuine love for God.
Passing on our faith
The main thing that both Lois and Eunice are commended for in this verse is that they successfully passed on that sincere faith to their son/grandson Timothy. I know that as mums this is something a lot of us worry about – will we be able to pass on our faith? Over in our Facebook Group we had a discussion about ways in which we do this and resources/techniques that we can use to help our children grow in faith. There are so many amazing resources now, like kids bibles, subscription boxes, special church services and music. But Lois and Eunice wouldn’t of had any of that, and so I think that its important to realise that those resources can only ADD to what our sincere faith already teaches them. If our love for God is genuine and takes over our lives, then our kids will see that. Let them witness your relationship with God – every bit of it – and then they will want that for themselves.
Coincidentally I also started the first week of the “Parenting for Faith” Course with a group of mums at our church this week and it inspired me a little. I learnt that often we hide ourselves away for our quiet times and so our kids never get to see a proper one on one relationship with God. We have a lot more doors now a days to do that!! So lets try to make sure we our living out our lives of faith so that our kids can see, because if they can’t see how amazing a life of faith with God is, why would they ever want to live one themselves?
Confidence in whatever our situation might be
There is only one other verse that mentions Lois and Eunice, and that is Acts 16:1-3. This verse tells us a bit more about Timothy’s family background, as it says “whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek“. Eunice was a mum who faced raising a child with a husband who did not share her faith. Last week we looked at Priscilla who had the privilege of sharing in ministry with her husband, and what an amazing thing that is. But we know that perfect situation isn’t always what happens. Here is a young woman who has managed to pass on her faith to her son despite her husband not sharing in that. For those of you who share that circumstance, please be encouraged that here are two ladies who have succeeded, so don’t think that it is hopeless.
We look at our last inspirational woman from the New Testament next week, so do join Naomi and me as we meditate on the following verse:
“There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then she was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying” Luke 2:36-37
Naomi will be leading the discussion over in our Facebook Group so do head over there to join in and get access to your free phone lock screen with this weeks verse.