For the past few months we have been studying the letter of 1 Timothy. Pastor Timothy is described as a thirtysomething who was charged by the Apostle Paul to the difficult work of restoring health to the damaged church in Ephesus. Timothy loved Jesus. It was evident to everyone who knew him. But until now, we haven’t considered how Timothy came to believe.
On Sunday, we got a glimpse into Timothy’s journey of faith. We were told about two women, Lois and Eunice, Timothy’s grandmother and mother. Though we see their names only once in the Bible, the single reference says a lot: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well” (2 Timothy 1:5).
Though Timothy’s dad was not a Christian, he learned about Jesus and believed in Him through the example and investment of his mother and grandmother. Unlike Paul’s story, Timothy’s conversion didn’t happen overnight. It was a lifetime of seed sowing and watering that God eventually made grow.
So what was Lois and Eunice’s game plan?
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:14-15)
Lois and Eunice acquainted Timothy with the sacred writings – the Scriptures. Why? Because they are able to make you wise for salvation.
As parents, we should dream big dreams for our children. We should desire that their lives are filled with good things. And yet, as Christian parents, there is no greater dream that we have for them than their salvation. Our responsibility in that is to acquaint them with the sacred writings – the gospel. For by doing so, we help to make our children wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Here are some great resources in figuring out what that could look like:
Bible Reading Through the Ages
How you teach the Bible to a 3 year old will differ from your approach to a 11 year old. Here are a series of posts that offer creative ways to instruct your children according to their age: