5 as I think of your strong faith that was passed down through your family line. It began with your grandmother Lois, who passed it on to your dear mother, Eunice. And it’s clear that you too are following in the footsteps of their godly example.
2 Timothy 1:5-6, The Passion Translation
As we join the rest of the world to celebrate Mother’s Day, we want to particularly recognise and honour the many godly mothers and grandmothers for their roles in their children’s and grandchildren’s faith journey.
The Apostle Paul reminded Timothy of the contributions his mother and grandmother made in his life, especially his strong faith in Christ and how he now had the opportunity to pass on a living faith to future generations.
The godly influence of Lois and Eunice helped shape and strengthen Timothy to the glory of God. Lois means “beautiful” and Eunice means “victory”. That’s God’s will for us, that our lives reflect the beautiful victory of Jesus over sin and Satan. Timothy means “honour”, and this young man grew up honouring God with his life and ministry.
Whenever I read Paul’s words to Timothy, I cannot help but think of my maternal grandmother. It was she who first shared the gospel with me and prayed for my salvation. As far as I can remember, she always told me that one day I would serve God in a great way. I am glad that she saw in me what I could not see for myself, and it was upon the foundation of her great faith that I found my own faith in God and could respond to His call in my life. I am also equally grateful for my mother who always ceaselessly prays for me. Without her assuring love and constant support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
The gospels and Acts are full of evidence that many godly women played an active role in the Christian community and in their families. The different Marys, Priscilla, Lydia, Philip’s four prophetess daughters, Tabitha and Damaris helped shape the character and development of the early Church. They were and still are an inspiration of faith till today, especially for all Christian women.
Today, I invite every godly woman in Firstlight to renew your call to follow these examples of faith, and be a praying woman, and a woman of influence in your family and community.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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