“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in your also.”
-Paul to Timothy (2 Tim. 1:5)
I believe that the most important place that we can disciple the next generation of Christians leaders is in our homes. Those of us who are parents now (and will be parents) have a huge opportunity and responsibility to disciple our children and teach them to become followers of Jesus. Some of this is done by formally teaching our kids the Bible and theology that is appropriate for their age and understanding. But most importantly, teaching our children to become followers of Jesus is done when they see us (their parents/grandparents/Aunts or Uncles) following Jesus. A relationship with Jesus is caught- not taught.
I’m thankful (since it is Thanksgiving Week) for the numerous people who both taught me faith- and helped me to “catch” faith. My parents, Grandma Adams, my Aunt and Uncle Eaton, Pastor Gary Runtas, Mr. Muir (our Shop teaching in High School who sponsored our Bible Club in school), Hal Hamilton, Dr. Budd, James Ballard, and countless students who I have learned from over the years.
I’m also aware that I am called to be a Lois, Eunice or Paul to the emerging generations- and that our churches need to take seriously our role in discipling and calling people to follow Jesus. Whether they are our children- or an adult- our mission as the Church is to “make disciples of all nations.” If we’re not fulfilling this calling- then we are not living as the church.
Who are the Lois and Eunice’s in your life? How did they teach you/help you catch your faith?