Finding A Timothy – Mother’s Day Message 05-12-2013

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There are many great stories of great mothers in the pages of the Bible. But instead of focusing on any of them, we focus today on a mother and grandmother you may not know about at all.

In the first chapter of 2 Timothy, we learn of Timothy’s mother and grandmother – Eunice and Lois. But we also didn’t stop with Eunice and Lois – we also talked about Paul and the role we all can and should be playing in the life of someone else.

2 Timothy 1:5

“I have been 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.”

Acts 16:1-5

“Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. 2 The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. 3 Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.”

Proverbs 22:6

“Train a child in the way that he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

How they raised kids back then:

  • Not that much different than today.

  • They had to decide whether to send their kids to the “public school” or to home school them.

  • They had the responsibility of disciplining their children when they were out of line.

  • Mothers were responsible for raising their kids through age 7 when their dad would normally take over and train them in the Law.

  • Timothy’s father was a gentile and not a believer, so the responsibility of raising Timothy in the Law rested on his Mother Eunice & Grandmother Lois.

  • Then, Paul treated him like a son, and refers to him as his own son several times.

You have the ability to raise a Timothy, regardless of whether or not you have kids of your own.

  • Just because you don’t have a son or a daughter of your own, doesn’t mean you can’t have a Timothy.

  • In fact, you should

  • In fact, in some ways you have an advantage.

  • We see that Paul, who didn’t have any children of his own, “adopted” Timothy as his own son and taught him many of the things that he needed to know to be the kind of leader he was.

Look at how his legacy of a faithful mother and grandmother affected us:

  • He was a leader in the early church.

  • He was a co-worker with Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament.

  • Two of His letters from Paul made it in the New Testament.

  • He went ahead of Paul as a scout in the churches to see how things were going and to report back to Paul.

  • The fact that we know who he is by name speaks to the kind of legacy these two women had.

  • The fact that Lois & Eunice, Mom & Grandma are mentioned by name also gives weight to the importance of being a godly mother.

  • The reason we know about Timothy was not just because of his mother and grandmother, it was because of Paul’s influence in His life.

Pick someone to “Timothy” and “Paul” them.

How To:

  • Pick a kid and teach them what you know. (Not everything, but what you know) Focus on a story at a time.

  • Pray regularly – at least once a day if not day and night – for this person.

  • Serve God in front of them with all your heart. Lead by example.

  • Send them out to try this on their own, but “write letters.”

  • True faith can’t be inherited, but it can be demonstrated in convincing ways.

It’s not an either/or, but a both/and. Timothy wouldn’t have been who He was without Paul, and yet, Paul wouldn’t have noticed him without Eunice & Lois.

 

Author: David Lindner

I am blessed to be able to serve SixEight as the Lead Pastor. I am humbled to have been brought into this role and am very excited about what God wants to do in me and us through this. I grew up in the church and have been a worship pastor for the last decade. I am married to a wonderful woman and have four amazing children.

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