Today we begin Paul’s second letter to Timothy. Paul loves Timothy like a son and it’s easy to see the great relationship they had as you read these letters. Paul writes this letter from prison. But even from prison, Paul is still an encouragement to Timothy and the churches. In this letter Paul was not only an caring pastor to Timothy, he was family.
Often we get caught up in the business of ministry and we forget that church is a family. I love how Paul encourages Timothy in this chapter by reminding him of the faith of his mother and grandmother. These women poured into Timothy the Word of God at a young age. Paul reminds Timothy that he comes from a long line of believers and God has a special plan him.
“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. 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. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power of love and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:5-7
May we remember where we come from and who has come before us in the faith. Whether you come from a biological family that followed Christ or not – you come from a long line of faithful men and women of God in your church family.
Let that family of faith help to fan into flame the gift of God in your life. May the church family help you to boldly step out and be a faithful witness of Christ.