Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 3.9.22

By March 9, 2022Daily Bread

Good morning!

I hope this day finds you and your family well. I invite you to take a few moments with me to read and reflect upon today’s scripture selection — and to carry these thoughts with you into your day.

Today’s Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:3-7

 I’m grateful to God, whom I serve with a good conscience as my ancestors did. I constantly remember you in my prayers day and night. When I remember your tears, I long to see you so that I can be filled with happiness. I’m reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I’m sure that this faith is also inside you. Because of this, I’m reminding you to revive God’s gift that is in you through the laying on of my hands. God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled.

 

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

Our scripture reading today comes from one of the New Testament books known as the Pastoral Letters. They are letters written in Paul’s name and the first two are addressed to Timothy, a young leader in the church whose name appears 27 times in the New Testament — sprinkled throughout the books of Acts and Paul’s letters.

The letter begins with gratitude: “I am grateful to God…when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.” (2 Timothy 1:3)

Then comes the focus for today: “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)

Timothy was a third generation Christian — but only on his mother’s side. According to the book of Acts, his Father was not a believer. What a great influence Timothy’s grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice had on him!

I can imagine that Eunice and Lois conspired to name Timothy, so that when he asked about his name, they could tell him that his name, Timotheos, means “honoring God” or “one who honors God.” I can imagine that time and again he would ask, “Mama,” or “Grandma, tell me the story about my name.”

They would answer, “Timothy, you’re special. Your name means ‘one who honors God.’  We named you that because we knew that you would grow up someday to honor God with your life.”

It’s a beautiful text, “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.” Imagine the impact that Lois and Eunice had because they were a Christian mother and a Christian grandmother.

Timothy received a gift from Lois and Eunice. It was the gift of faith in Jesus Christ.  What a powerful and profound gift! This text reminds us that one of the most important things we can do as Christians is to pass on the faith to others.

Go all the way back to Deuteronomy to one of the most important passages in scripture for the Jewish faith, called the Shema, and you’ll find words commanding people to pass on faith in God: “Hear, O Israel:  The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.  Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children, and shall talk about them when you are at home, and when you are away, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-8, RSV)

 

Hymn Suggestion: “Happy the Home When God is There”

Happy the home when God is there,
And love fills every breast;
When one their wish, and one their prayer,
And one their heav’nly rest.

Happy the home where Jesus’ name
Is sweet to every ear;
Where children early speak His fame,
And parents hold Him dear.

Happy the home where prayer is heard,
And praise is wont to rise;
Where parents love the sacred Word
And all its wisdom prize.

Lord, let us in our homes agree
This blessed peace to gain;
Unite our hearts in love to Thee,
And love to all will reign.

Thank you for sharing this moment of your day with me, with God, and with these reflections on a portion of scripture.  I hope you will carry these with you throughout your day and night.

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

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