Last week, I shared how I have a specific goal in relation to the raising of my children. I want a spiritual mentor down the line someday to remind my child that though they are young beyond capable to serve God’s Kingdom in a mighty mighty way!
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Instead, set an example for the believers through your speech, behavior, love, faith, and by being sexually pure.”
1 Timothy 4:12
We learned that Timothy was left in charge in Ephesus to correct some wrongs that had become entrenched and began threatening the salvation of this congregation.
This week we’re going to discuss how we get there. How do we get to the point that Hwy 231 is cranking out Timothys left and right!? How can we get to the point where HWY 231 has such amazing youth who are on fire for Christ that older folk look at them sideways?
If we jump over to Paul’s second letter to Timothy we get the answer to that. Apparently the severity and difficulties of this assignment were getting to Timothy. Paul’s response is to remind Timothy of what was within him. Take a look at 2 Tim 1:3-7,
“3 I’m grateful to God, whom I serve with a good conscience as my ancestors did. I constantly remember you in my prayers day and night. 4 When I remember your tears, I long to see you so that I can be filled with happiness. 5 I’m reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I’m sure that this faith is also inside you. 6 Because of this, I’m reminding you to revive God’s gift that is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled.”
In the midst of his difficulty, Paul reminds him of a few things. He’s praying for him; reminds him of his love for him (take a look at verses 1-4). And then he writes verse 5; our money verse! Paul is reminded of the AUTHENTIC faith lived out in Timothy’s first teachers; mommy and grandmommy. (Oh that I can be this mom and grandmom!) The answer to our question is to be living out an AUTHENTIC faith in front of our children.
What does authentic faith look like? Discipleship!! Sharing! Don't conceal your struggles or your triumphs from your children. But rather include them (age appropriately). Let them know that you're asking God for help in certain areas. Ask them to pray for you. What we don't want is to put on a show and make our children think living for Christ is a walk in the park where our every "wish" is granted as long as we end the prayer with "in Jesus' name". What we do want is for them to see us walking in faith, stumbling at times, but not wavering away from the Savior and Lord who loves us.
Thank you Lois and Eunice for the example. We are but broken vessels pouring out perfect love into our babies! God help us to be the parents You have called us to be; imperfect pouring out perfect love!!