Faith of Parents
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also” (2 Timothy 1.5 NIV).
Parenthood is many times underappreciated in a culture that values prestige attached with wealth and fame. Being a parent garners no money or acclaim, and it is a service done in the quiet depths of the home. Satan aggressively devalues the ministry of parenthood in our world because it is so much a part of God’s heart. God loves His children, and He cares about the little ones that can’t care for themselves. When we as parents take the time to love and care for our children, we are taking part in something supernatural that money and fame could never achieve. We are imparting our faith into the existence of another person, which will shape the course of an individual life and God’s Kingdom as a whole. The Apostle Paul saw the “sincere faith” that was passed down to Timothy by his mother and grandmother—a faith that was so strong it could thrive through three generations and into Timothy’s influential ministry. These women didn’t necessarily pass down money or fame to Timothy, but the faith that they imparted was far more valuable in the long run.
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5.8 NKJV).