5. Eunice Nurtured Her Son’s Faith
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Although mentioned only once in scripture, Eunice’s legacy makes a huge impact on the Kingdom of God.
She nurtured her son Timothy’s knowledge of scripture. She implemented God’s command to parents in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Although Eunice and her mother Lois were Jews, her husband may have been a Gentile or died. Likely, an encounter with the Apostle Paul in Lystra led the family to recognize Jesus as the long-anticipated Messiah.
Paul partnered with Eunice in growing Timothy’s identity in Christ.
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.” 2 Timothy 1:5
Because of Timothy’s maturity in his walk as a follower of Jesus, God grew a desire to partner with Paul in launching churches. As a mother, releasing your children to the will of God can feel conflicting. Kingdom purposes may come with an earthly cost: geographical distance, risk, hardship, and even death. Yet, Eunice’s sacrifice allowed the gospel message to ripple out across the world.
Eunice focused on one thing: Her primary role as a shaper of her son’s relationship to God. Paul affirms her for providing the roots of his faith: “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).
Eunice’s commitment to build a scriptural foundation for Timothy resulted in multitudes of transformed lives.
Continue to learn about these women and meditate on their lives, and see how your life is transformed by their legacy.
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