You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:7
For years I thought my job as a mother was to make sure my son accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. I was wrong. You see, I had my job description and God's job description all wrong.
God has called each of us -- mothers, aunts, grandmothers, step-mothers, family friends, teachers, leaders – to teach our children about God, about his son, Jesus Christ, and demonstrate for the child how to grow in their own personal faith.
The Bible sets out my job description when it comes to my child. It's really very simple. Jesus summed up the life we should be modeling and teaching to our children:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
We find a mother-daughter duo in the New Testament of the Bible named Lois and Eunice that were recognized as fulfilling this God-given job description. In the book of 2 Timothy, the Apostle Paul writes to a man named Timothy and says, "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 you also." 2 Timothy 1:5.
Eunice could have had every excuse for not demonstrating and teaching her children the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament or the two commandments Christ gave in the New Testament. You see, Eunice was a Jewish woman married to a Greek man. This was an inter-faith relationship. Eunice may have been treated differently by other Jews because of her husband. She lived in a town where many of the people worshiped in the temple built for the Greek god Zeus. Everyday, in her home and her community, she had forces working against her ability to demonstrate her love and obedience to the Jewish law of the Old Testament and eventually the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Paul makes a point to comment that "sincere faith" lived in Eunice. Eunice's lifestyle must have demonstrated her love for God and her love for her neighbor. Eunice got it that her job was not to make sure her children "found Jesus." Rather, her job was living a life that reflected Christ's love.
We have to live so that others see our love for Jesus and our love for your neighbor. How are you demonstrating sincere faith today?
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Pray that God will show you one action you can take this week that visibly demonstrates love and kindness for someone. Now, do that action.
Dear Loving Father, modeling love and kindness toward you and toward others can sometimes be tough. We feel like the world is pushing in on us and removing our options. Help me today to know that my source of strength comes from you. Guide me in living a life demonstrating love and kindness daily.
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