1 Corinthians 4:17 NKJV

[17] For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.

Given the Scriptural evidence, it is not too difficult to trace Timothy’s spiritual heritage (see 2 Timothy 1:5). His family lived in Lystra, a region of Galatia. The son of a devout Jewish mother, Timothy had been exposed to the Hebrew Scriptures since early childhood. His father was probably an unbelieving Greek, who doesn’t seem to have been involved in his life.

When Paul visited Lystra on his first missionary journey and preached the good news that Jesus is the Messiah, Lois and Eunice — and possibly Timothy— put their faith in Christ. By the time Paul returned to Lystra on his second missionary journey, Timothy was mature enough to be invited to accompany Paul on his journey. Paul called Timothy his “true son in the faith” (1 Timothy 1:2). Even so, it is obvious that Lois and Eunice deserve at least some of the credit for Timothy’s spiritual progress.

As parents we have great influence on the shaping of our children’s spiritual destinies. Family prayer times, spontaneous conversations about God during life’s everyday moments and reading our children Bible stories contribute to a spiritual foundation that can withstand the ups and downs of life.

What family habit or tradition can you begin this week that will help to root your child(ren) in the Christian faith?

Who's son are you and who is fathering you? Every son needs a father!!

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