5 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.
As parents, your primary ministry is your family. In the opening of Paul’s letter in 2 Timothy we read about Paul recognizing Timothy’s faithful lineage and how Paul could recognize the fruits of that in Timothy’s life.
In Deuteronomy 6:5-7 we read:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
I have the opportunity to spend time with families with little kids and some of the most precious times happen when the children themselves speak about God or ponder about God on their own. Kids don’t just pick up things that are said to them, but more than anything, what is modelled to them.
For some of us, our call to parenting comes in the form of spiritual children: those who God has brought into our lives to care, nurture, encourage and discipline in His ways, the same way Paul did with Timothy.
Thoughts for the day
- Who has God called you to walk with?
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for someone you may know who is in need of physical healing.