Eunice, Apostle Timothy’s Mother

When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt FIRST in thy grandmother Lois, and thy MOTHER Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 2 Tim. 1:5

This is an exhortation from the Apostle Paul to the Apostle Timothy. Timothy was one of the youngest apostles, however, Paul said of him, “For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state, For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” (Phil 2:20,21) And to think Timothy was raised by ONE godly mother, and ONE godly grandmother. There was no man in his family to raise him in the faith until the apostle Paul took him under his wing. All of this was because of godly women that taught him in the Word. Praise be to Jesus for such godly women.

“Timothy’s mother, Eunice, however, was quite different. She had seen her calling clearly. Even though her husband was an unbeliever (Acts 16:1), it did not dampen her faith. She was a woman with a ‘sincere faith’ (2 Tim. 1:5) who knew the word of God. She taught God’s Word to Timothy (2 Tim. 3:14,15); and more than that – she imparted her sincere faith to him as well. Timothy’s home was one where his mother enabled him to breathe the pure air of ‘faith’ in the midst of a world full of the poisonous fumes of unbelief. He probably saw his mother frequently in prayer, frequently praising God, trusting God in difficult situations and never nagging or complaining – for these are but some of the characteristics of a ‘sincere faith’. It is not surprising then that Timothy grew up to be an apostle and a close co-worker of the apostle Paul. His mother’s labours finally bore fruit.

That should be a challenge to all 20th century mothers. Eunice, Timothy’s mother, did more for the Lord and the church, by being a first class mother at home for 16 to 20 years, than she could ever have done if she had travelled the world as a preacher for 100 years!” – Zac Poonen

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