I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 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 gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Tim. 1:5-7
What is the first question a doctor asks you when you visit for the first time? They usually ask for your family history. That is important to them because there are a lot of things, most of them not good, which are passed down through the bloodline. As true as that might be, have you ever stopped to consider the good things that have been passed down as well? For example, I’m thankful for a full head of hair in my 40’s even if does look like salt and pepper.
In 2 Timothy 1, Paul is recounting the sincere faith Timothy exhibited that began with his mother and grandmother. Obviously, we aren’t saved because of our family’s faith but there is often a seed that is sown in a family tree that produces fruit for many generations. That’s the way it was in my family. On the night before my brother Brian’s funeral, who had recently drowned, a minister came to my grandparents’ home to talk to my grandfather about his need for a Savior not realizing what had happened to my brother. My grandfather pointed him in my mother’s direction and she heard the words of life that would forever change the destiny of my family. I thank God that my Mom took me to church where I heard the truth about Jesus and that she prayed with me to receive Christ as my Savior at a young age. Now my children are followers of Jesus Christ and Amy and I hold onto hope that when the time arrives for our grandchildren to be born that they will also follow Christ.
Timothy was doubly blessed. Not only did he have a rich inheritance from his natural family, but he also had a father in the faith in Paul. He saw the call of God on Timothy’s life and prayed that it would be brought forth. I know from my perspective that I’m very thankful for the spiritual fathers God has placed in my life through the years. Men that you may or may not know that include Bobby Walker, Pete Beck, and Neil Silverberg. My hope is that in my life that God will use me first of all in my own children’s lives, but also in the life of others to fan into a flame the gift God has placed within them. Want to join me?