A True Child
“I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace” (1 Timothy 1.2 NLT).
No one knows for sure whether or not Paul had a wife and biological children. He doesn’t write about them, which could either mean he didn’t have a family or that the family was so much a part of his life that he didn’t feel the need to point them out—almost like pointing out an eye or a hand is not necessary. However, we do know that Paul had a son by faith, Timothy. Having children is very much a faith phenomenon, not simply a biological occurrence. The position of parent means that we have the ability to greatly influence the life of another human being. Unlike teachers, pastors or leaders who only have a limited impact on someone’s life, a parental figure can greatly shape and grow a person’s personality, design and purpose—much like the archer aiming his arrow in a chosen direction (Psalm 127.4). God gives everyone the ability to have a parental role in another person’s life. We don’t necessarily need to share similar genes with a person to have a powerful bearing on them. Our true sons and daughters are those whom we share life with and to whom we impart our very presence. And once we are in heaven, regardless of whether we birthed biological children or not, we will have made a difference in the next generation moving God’s Kingdom Plan into fruition.
“Jesus said, ‘Who is My mother? And who are My brothers?’ He put out His hand to His followers and said, ‘See, these are My mother and My brothers! Whoever does what My father in heaven wants him to do is My brother and My sister and My mother’” (Matthew 12.48-50 NLV).