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. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.-2 Timothy 1:5-6
Last Friday, we celebrated Mother’s day here in Thailand. Mother’s day is the time when we remember to give respect, gifts, cards and flowers to our mother. We also treat them by going into a good place or restaurant. Eat out together and celebrate.
Today we honor our Mothers in the church. God loves the mothers and God gives our mothers a big ministry over our families. God expresses his love through our mothers. We feel God’s love through our mother’s love. We know that we would not be here without our mothers.
In the Scripture that we read this morning, 2 Timothy 1:5-6, we learn from two mothers, Lois and Eunice, Timothy’s grandmother and mother, about faith. In the passage there are three characteristics of faith that our mothers and all of us should have.
Sincere Faith (v. 5)
“I am reminded of your sincere faith which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice”
There is a story behind this verse. During Paul first journey, Paul came to the city of Lystra where he met a woman named Lois, and her daughter Eunice. Paul was so impressed about the faith of these two women They were faithful and dedicated to the Lord. They are without question sincere in their faith.
These two women expressed their sincere faith by knowing more about God and following Jesus. Paul immediately recognized their extraordinary faith. Because of this meeting, Paul understood that they would be faithful to raise children in this same belief, and he remembered that.
On Paul’s second journey through Lystra, Paul took Eunice’s son to be his student and from this Paul learned that Timothy had the same faith that his grandmother and mother had. Timothy became one of the greatest young Pastor in the New Testament.
Timothy became great Christian and Pastor because he was raised by Godly women who are faithful to instill sincere faith into Timothy. Paul understood that because of the faithful upbringing of these two women, Timothy could be trusted to handle the message of Jesus Christ.
This is the challenge for all the mothers (and all of us here), we should have sincere faith that we can show our children. We are given a mission from the Lord to watch over our children.
We honor our mothers here today for their sincere faith.
Constant Faith (v. 5)
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.
The same faith that Lois had continued to her daughter Eunice and then passed on to his Son Timothy. Constant means “to remain the same over a period of time.” Lois was a woman of great faith, and she was responsible enough to ensure that it was passed onto to her daughter.
If Lois was a mother who was unfaithful I am very sure her family would be unfaithful too. However, we learn from the passage that Lois’ faith is constant. It never changed.
This morning, we want to give thanks to all mothers who remained constant and faithful to God. Faithful to come to the church for worship and faithful to study God’s Word. I believe many of us have come to know Jesus because of our mother. And for this we appreciate them. Thank you very much.
Inspiring Faith (v. 6)
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
Because of Lois and Eunice’s sincere faith, Paul inspired Timothy to be on fire with God. Timothy was inspired to do great things for God using his gift. I believe that an inspiring faith is the key to encouraging a child to work for the Lord.
Mother’s, I encourage you to pray often and constantly for our children because our God the Father listens to the prayers of faithful mothers. I challenge everyone of us to help our mothers pray for our children.
This morning God is reminding us just like he reminded Timothy that faith is a family matter. This faith will move us into action. Christians who do good works and teach are what our family, community and church need.
This morning we have to say thanks to our mother. We respect and honor them. For their faith and hard work for all of us.
Pray for our mother that God will use them to pass on their sincere, constant and inspiring faith to us, your children.
To all mothers here, we thank you and love you.
*This is a message I shared with our church during Thai Mother’s Day celebrations.