Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
ROLE OF WOMEN IN FAITH SUCCESSION
2 Timothy 1:1-7
I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Louis and in your mother Eunice and I am persuaded, now lives in you also.(2Tim. 1:5)
Christian mothers must never underestimate their calling. God has given principles in His word to guide mothers as they navigate through the challenges of raising children. The way woman can be successful and passing on their faith to their children is by following guidelines.
Godly mothers are woman of sincere faith: Living your faith can start with simple things, like showing love, kindness, and generosity. In 2 Timothy 1:5 we learn that his faith came to him through his grandmother, Lois, and his mother Eunice. The Apostle Paul’s preaching may have been used by God to bring Timothy to actual conversion, but behind his preaching were years of godly influence by Timothy’s grandmother and mother.
Godly mothers honor God’s word and train their children in it: The best thing you can do for your kids is to instill in them from an early age the importance of reading, studying, and learning to apply God’s word will allow you to successfully pass your faith on to your children. God’s Word is mighty to save, but also is sufficient for all life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3, 4)
Putting God first: This means making the commitment to seek God. But parents can help kids understand that God wants them to be happy and successful even more than they do.
Acting right on purpose: This means treating people with kindness, respect, and patience, even those that are hard to love. Demonstrate your commitment and the value you place in an ongoing relationship with God by finding ways to be a blessing. Kids learn best by example and modeling your faith is the best example they will ever see.
Susannah Wesley the mother of John Wesley the founder of the Methodist movement had certain rules for teaching her children the priority of the Savior: Teach him to pray as soon as he can speak; give him only what is good for him when he asks politely; punish no fault confessed, but let no sinful act to go unnoticed and reward good behavior. She was so instrumental in his life that she inevitably affected the movement and its direction.
Maybe you feel like a failure as a mother. God can use you as He used Lois, a grandmother, and mother Eunice in Timothy’s life. Walk with God in sincere faith. Use His Word to lead your children and grand children to the same sincere faith and to train them in God’s ways. You will be mighty in influencing our nation and even world history for Jesus’ sake.
Prayer: O Lord, grant us your grace to influence and train our children by being sincere in our faith and obedience to your word. Amen
Mariamma Abraham (Lalitha), Epiphany Mar Thoma Church, New York