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. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God –2 Timothy 1:5-6a. ESV
A Son’s Sincere Faith
Paul uses the phrase “sincere faith” only twice in his epistles. Both times he is writing to Timothy. The first time he used this phrase when he gives the three elements from which the charge of ministry is based upon: a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith (See 1 Tim. 1:5). The second time is here in 2 Tim. 1:5-6. Paul, himself is reminded of Timothy’s sincere faith and then reminds Timothy that this sincere faith dwelt first in his grandma and mom.
A sincere faith is important to whatever you do as Christian whether it is secular work or a ministry that God has blessed you with. On this Mother’s Day, if your mom or your grandma (or any mother-like family member) had such a sincere faith, be sure to thank her for that. This sincere faith undoubtedly had an impact on your faith thanks in large part to prayer and I am sure the verbal sharing of the Gospel.
Who Taught You About Jesus?
Paul implies this handing down of the faith from generation to generation. This is perhaps the most important way in which we as Christians evangelize the world. As John Piper says, “Marriage is meant for making children…disciples of Jesus” (Read or Listen to part 1 and part 2).
Not all of us can look back to a family member who shared Jesus with us, but there was someone who did share the gospel with you. Hopefully, there was also someone (maybe the same person?) who discipled you in your young Christian walk. Now, as Christians who either have children or will have children, you are in a position to hand down your sincere faith.
I have witnessed how my wife interacts with our two older sons about what it means to have faith in Jesus and am amazed at how influential she is with our boys. Chances are most moms are in the home with the children (I realize this is not the case for all) more often than the dad and consequently have more time to share your faith with them. Never underestimate your children. Start teaching them Bible verses as soon as they are able to talk. Play those great children’s songs to begin introducing them to the wonderful stories of the Bible. Mom, I pray that you are not the only one raising your children in the faith. However, if you are, take solace in the above passage. Timothy was used by God as a great minister of the Word and Paul only mentions his faith coming from his grandma and mom.
Who Will Start The Fire?
Finally, Paul reminded Timothy to fan his faith into a flame. This immediately brings to mind a vision of starting a camp fire. Rarely does a camp fire begin with an intense flame and searing heat. No, it usually starts small. The flame of faith cannot be fanned if it does not exist. Mom’s you have the great privilege of evangelizing daily your children. With a seeming rebirth of doctrinal Christianity happening in our time, you have the awesome opportunity to begin to lay a foundation that will bear fruit for decades to come.
Honor Your Mothers
We at Said at Southern would like to honor all the moms who share their faith with their children and pray for their children and their children to come. Without women like you, all of the study and pastoral ministry we do would very easily go for naught. Thank you moms for your faithfulness to the gospel. Thank you for enabling so many husbands and fathers to focus on ministry and studies in order to fulfill the Great Commission. Without your work in the home, it would be even harder to stand in the pulpit or work in the mission field.