“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”
Genesis 18:19 KJV
We all know Paul and recognize his contribution to the spread of the gospel in his day. His spiritual son, Timothy, was also a seasoned minister of the gospel because of Paul’s training. However, two women in Timothy’s life made Paul’s work significantly easier. They are Timothy’s grandmother, Lois and his mother, Eunice. (2 Timothy 1:5)
Paul had a huge impact on Timothy’s life and ministry but he recognized the greater impact that Timothy’s relatives had on his life by bringing him up in the way of the Lord.
We see something similar in Abraham. When God chose him to be the father of faith, He was sure that Abraham would pass down His commandments to his children, who would pass it down to theirs.
In these examples, we see the significance of family. If we have been called to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, let it start with our family.
If we can get the foundation right with training our children and the people closest to us, evangelism and the overall work of the church will be easier.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)
This was the testimony of Timothy’s life and it made it easier for Paul to train him in ministry. Even if it is not the testimony of your life, don’t slack when it’s time to pass on the Gospel to your children.
Children are never too young to learn about Jesus and the gospel. Resolve to bring your (future) children and family closer to God and pray for the wisdom and strength to do so. Tomorrow, we’ll look at practical steps to take in this direction.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 1:39-56, Ephesians 2:1-10, Psalm 119:25-32, 1 Kings 4-5.