The Faith of a Mother
First, we wanted to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day. For some, Mother’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays out of the year and rightly so; mothers do a lot for their children, their husbands, and their communities and they oftentimes do not receive the over-indebted appreciation that they deserve for this unpaid job. The Bible also talks about the importance of mothers and how it relates to the Christian faith. In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, Paul is thanking the Lord that Timothy has the fundamentals of the faith rooted deep within his soul, something that many of the young preachers at that time did not have. Paul recognizes that this faith was passed down through several generations of women, beginning with Timothy’s grandmother which was eventually passed down to his mother and then to him.
“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.” 2 Timothy 1:5-6 (KJV)
Notice how in verse five, Paul says: “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee…” That word unfeigned means sincere or genuine. After Paul identifies Timothy’s faith as genuine, he traces back the “lineage” of Timothy’s faith to his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. In other words, Paul is saying that the sincere faith that Timothy had was a direct result of the fundamentals that his grandmother and mother instilled in him that made him into the man that he was during that time. Just imagine if all the mothers in the world had that same unfeigned faith in their hearts and instilled that same faith in the hearts of their children. I am certain that the world would be a lot better off if this miracle occurred worldwide. Will you pray for the faith of mothers today? Will you pray that mothers will be uplifted by the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and have the unfeigned faith that God desires of each and every one of us? Be blessed my friends. God’s peace, Spirit Bear