Reflection: Our past few days together have been a merry dance through the Old and New Testament, waltzing with passages that speak truth about children, parenting and relating within the family of God. Today’s passage is a pearler, oft quoted for its remarkable summary of the divine power and magnitude of Scripture (verse 16). I know, it is amazing. So too is what leads into verse 16. Did you notice how this letter’s author, Paul, is encouraging his young charge Timothy to keep going in what he has been brought up with? Mercifully, Timothy was raised on the Holy Scriptures “which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” More than that, Paul seems to be giving credit to Timothy’s mum Eunice and Grandmother Lois (mentioned in chapter 1, verse 5) for the way they have modelled godly living. Not only has Timothy known God’s Word since infancy, this child has witnessed the lives of those who taught it to him – and there appears to be no inconsistency. What a testimony to children of God living as children of God, so other children of God can do the same.
Question: Do we want to be like Eunice and Lois? Identify practical steps you can take to model well for other children of God what it means to live out what Holy Scripture teaches.
Prayer: Dear God, I ask that you help me as your child to live consistently with the Holy Scriptures. Increase my wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus, so that I might model that and share that with others. Amen.