Lois and Eunice: Passing on the Faith
Today’s Reading: 2 Timothy 1:3-7; SOAP: 2 Timothy 1:5
OBSERVATION: What’s the Story?
This story has many facets we can learn from, all of which revolve around “the faith”. That is, the faith we place in Jesus Christ which cleanses us from sin, unites us with the Father, and fills us with His Spirit. First and foremost we read in verse five that Paul confirms Timothy’s faith as genuine, meaning Timothy is connected to God through faith in Christ and the Spirit God gave him (5). Paul and Timothy are connected through the faith, which is made clear by Paul’s reference to Timothy as his son. A term most likely used because Paul led Timothy to faith in Christ (2), Then we see that Timothy is connected to the faith through his relationship with his grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice, through their living faith (5). This is the facet that is the focus of our study today as we continue to look at living beautifully surrendered to God. Lois and Eunice, grandmother and mother, planted seeds of faith as Timothy grew up. I believe that it’s important to note again the importance of Paul’s confirmation that Timothy’s faith was sincere – in other words it isn’t just a family thing but a transformation of His own heart. While Timothy’s faith was greatly impacted by his mother and grandmother, relying on their faith would not be enough to save him.
HOW THEN SHOULD WE LIVE?
First of all, we must make sure our faith is genuine and not reliant upon someone else’s faith. Once this is settled, from our focus verse (5) it is clear to see that we are to live in such a way that our faith is obvious and active, like Lois and Eunice. This kind of faith passes on to our children and others for generations to come. However, we would be remiss to not also note and learn from the other facets in the passage. Namely, that we should not only encourage others in the faith as Paul is here with Timothy, to “rekindle” or “fan the flame” (6), but also we should stay in the habit of ‘fanning the flame” of our own faith. In other words to do things that strengthen our faith. In Timothy’s case it will be to serve others and preach the Word (2 Timothy). What about you? What has God called you to do with His gift of salvation? Whatever it is, step into it without fear for He has given you His Spirit of power, love, and self-control.
PRAYER: RESPONSe to the word
Father, thank You for my own heritage of faith – passed on to me through my parents, my grandparents, and their parents before them. Thank you that You have, by Your Spirit – through Christ – made my faith genuine. Thank You for all the “Paul’s” You have placed in my life to encourage me to grow in my faith and to keep it burning bright. Thank You for the example of Lois and Eunice to live an active life of faith that is passed on from one generation to the next. I know of no greater desire of my heart than for my children and their children and all the children to come after them to know You and serve You all the days of their life. Let me live in such a way that my life fans the flames. – All glory and praise to You!
What’s your take away from the story about Lois and Eunice?
Lois and Eunice were a grandmother and mother who had a great impact on the next generation as they passed their faith on to Timothy
- Why is it important to be intentional about passing on our faith to the next generation?