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Let’s talk about a young man in the Bible, Timothy. Paul, in writing to him, addresses him as his “son in the faith.” Paul writes to encourage and affirm Timothy to follow his calling.

Timothy’s faith had been founded by his mother, Eunice and grandmother, Lois. Both had deposited seeds of faith into his life as he was growing up.

“For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.”
(2 Timothy 1:5, NASB)

It is most critical that we lay a solid foundation in the lives of our children and grandchildren. They need to see authenticity in the lives of those closest to them. All of us would agree that the most important inheritance we could give our children is Jesus.

They need to see Jesus being lived out right in front of their eyes.

We are not told if Lois and Eunice impacted anyone besides young Timothy. Perhaps that is all we need to be told. Perhaps this is because – all we ever need to do is impact the one.

What if all God expects of us is to impact just one life? And then it is that one life who will impact many?

Paul gives young Timothy words to live by that we all need to hear today:

“You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:14-15, NASB)

We are to cling to the things we have learned, especially when we know those from whom we have been taught. We need to hold firm to the “sacred writings” – the Scriptures – for they are the truth by which we will gain wisdom to live on a daily basis.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” (verse 16, NASB)

Our hearts need to remain receptive to the work which Scripture will achieve in our lives. It is Scripture which helps us to recognize what is wrong in our lives. It is Scripture which will correct us when we have been wrong, and teach us to do what is right and just.

Why do Scriptures do this deep and hard work within us?

” … so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
(verse 17, NASB)

We need to hold firm to the Scriptures, for it is through them that we will be equipped for whatever life brings our way.

“We have come with open hearts,
Oh, let the ancient words impart.”
(from the song “Ancient Words” by Michael W. Smith)

We need to take time to examine the details in God’s Word in order to make practical application for our daily lives. Mariel Davenport shares this thought: “As we examine and notice the Word, as a gardener examines and notices her plants, God begins to tend it into our soul and bear fruit from those small places. ” Be sure to read her entire post, “pausing to take notice” HERE.


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