Passing On The Faith


I love what Paul said to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:5-6: “…when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”

Isn’t that great? It all began with grandma! And then it went to mama and then it went to Timothy. That’s the way it ought to be.

A woman came to her pastor and said, “When should I start the religious training of my child? Is it too late to start at 6 years of age?” He said, “No, that’s too late.” She said, “Well how about 6 months?” He said, “That’s too late.” She said, “Then when should I start?” He said, “With his grandparents.”

This is what parents are supposed to do—hand their faith in God to each generation. Parents can live for their grandchildren. They can even live for their great-grandchildren. Psalm 112:1-2 says, “Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.”

The greatest gift parents can give their children is to teach them to worship.