Today you should read: 2 Timothy 1:1-6
Paul starts 2 Timothy in a very similar way that he started 1 Timothy, but in a completely different situation. Paul writes this letter to Timothy while in prison and ultimately waiting to die. You can just imagine how Paul must be feeling. Nonetheless, he gives us an incredible example of what it means to care for fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. He talks about how he prays for Timothy night and day (v. 3), how he longs to see him (v. 4), and how he is reminded of his sincere faith (v. 5). Paul remembers all of these things and encourages Timothy, even in the midst of his worst circumstance. It’s easy for us to encourage others on our good days, but do we encourage others on our worst? Or are we just thinking of how bad we have it?
The second thing to notice from this passage is the family of Timothy. As a parent or grandparent, verse 5 should jump off the page for you. Paul says that Timothy’s faith comes from Lois (grandmother) and Eunice (mother). Lois and Eunice must have lived godly lives because Paul describes how sincere their faith was. Their faith then made an impact on Timothy, who has similar faith. Grandparents and parents, you can have an impact on your kids. Discipleship in the family is not always sitting down and reading the Bible together or going out and serving those less fortunate (and it would be good if those are happening), but family discipleship happens when your kids see how you live godly lives each and every day (not just Sunday’s and Wednesday’s).
Timothy saw genuine faith in his mother and grandmother, and their impact on Timothy made an impact for the Kingdom of God. How can your life reflect your faith every day?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice
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