“Mothers & Grandmothers”

Posted: May 5, 2015 in Christian Life, Mothers, Salvation

Many children today are growing up in homes that are called “dysfunctional.” Some of them don’t know who their mothers or fathers are. Many of their siblings were aborted because their parents didn’t want them. (In our country over 50 million babies have been aborted – murdered.) Some grow up in foster homes or with step parents. Some are mistreated and have physical and/or emotional scars.  Are you, or is someone you know, experiencing some unresolved issues in life?  If so, read on.

Timothy. This young man, who became a traveling companion of Paul and Silas as they went on their missionary journeys, came from a divided home. His father probably was an unbelieving Greek and his mother was Jewish. But his godly mother and grandmother had a great impact on his life.

Mother. His mother Eunice and his grandmother, Lois appear to have been Old Testament believers (2 Timothy 1:5) and may have become Christians during Paul’s first missionary journey (Acts 14:6-19). Both women had a significant impact on young Timothy.

Environment. He also grew up in the ungodly city of Lystra in Asia Minor where the pagans worshiped Zeus and Hermes. When Paul healed a crippled man there, they thought that the gods had descended to them and they wanted to offer sacrifices to them. But when Paul insisted that they were but mere men, the same crowd turned on them. Then Jewish agitators from other cities came and stirred up the crowd and then they stoned Paul to death (Acts 14:19). When the Jews stoned someone they made sure he was dead.

Paradise. This may have been the occasion when Paul said he went to the Paradise section of heaven and saw things that he was not permitted to reveal to us (2 Corinthians 12:4). If Paul wasn’t allowed to reveal such things to us after he was resuscitated (not resurrected), why should we believe the accounts of those who claim to have gone to heaven and come back? Beware of those who make such claims.

Impressionable. Perhaps Timothy witnessed Paul’s being stoned. That would definitely impact a young person’s life forever as it would if a youth today saw someone being executed or murdered in a violent way. Perhaps he wondered why the Jews stoned Paul for healing a man. What message had Paul been preaching? It was concerning Christ’s death for our sins and His bodily resurrection from the dead. This message was authenticated by Paul’s healing a man (Mark 16:15-17).

Resurrection. Because Paul insisted that the bodily resurrection of Christ be a part of the Gospel message (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:39), he was persecuted often (2 Timothy 2:8, 9; 3:12). The religious Sadducees, that were in power at the time of Christ’s crucifixion, didn’t believe in the resurrection (Matthew 22:23; Acts 23:8). They insisted that Christ’s tomb be secured because Jesus had talked about being raised from the dead on the third day (Matthew 27:63; John 2:19). And yet, the stone was rolled away from the tomb by an angel (Matthew 28:2), not to let Christ out, but to let others in to see that He was not there. The frightened guards were bribed  and told to say that His disciples stole His body while they slept (Matthew 28:12).  Sleeping on the job would have resulted in their deaths (Acts 12:19).

Judgment. If one believes in the annihilation of the wicked dead or in reincarnation, they have to reject the truth that “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). All men will face Jesus Christ someday as the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). These judgments won’t be to determine if one goes to heaven or hell but to determine the degree of pleasure a believer will have in heaven or the degree of suffering that an unbeliever will experience eternally in the lake of fire (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:41, 46; Matthew 10:15, 11:22). In which judgment will you participate? Are you sure? Do you know what the only unforgivable sin is today (John 16:9; 3:18, 36).  Do you think you’ve committed it?

Warning. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). Don’t assume that you will be alive tomorrow. Where will you spend eternity? Are you sure? Why should God let you into His heaven? What is the difference between eternal security and assurance of salvation (1 John 5:12)?

Travels. When Paul and Silas went through Lystra to follow up on the churches that Paul had established, Timothy joined the team and stayed with Paul who mentored him in the Christian faith. In a letter to the believers in Philippi, where Paul and Silas had been beaten and unjustly imprisoned, and which Timothy probably witnessed, Paul wrote, “But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state” (Philippians 2:19, 20).

Mentor. Just before the Apostle Paul was beheaded (according to tradition), Paul wrote to Timothy and said, “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). Not all Christians are teachable and willing to change? Many are carnal (1 Corinthians 3:3) and display the “Works of the Flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21).  What about you? Unbelievers refuse to come to the light because they love spiritual darkness and the temporary gratification that comes from their lawless behavior and the perversion of good activities (Hebrews 11:25). The “Crown of Life” awaits Christians who love God more than the temporary pleasures of sin (James 1:12). If you’re a Christian, how many of the five crowns will you earn?

Growth. Every true Christian should keep on growing spiritually. “But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18). Did you know that Christians will keep on learning in eternity future (Ephesians 2:7)? Contrary to what some religions and cults teach, we won’t become gods. Believers will receive a body like Christ’s resurrected and glorified humanity (1 John 3:2).

Thankful. Do you have a godly mother? Do you express your appreciation to her and live a life that displays your love for her? Even if you didn’t/don’t have a godly mother, you can be thankful that she gave you a life so that you can bring glory to God. We all need to be born again from above (John 3:3, 5, 7). Has this happened in your life? What evidence is there for others to see that would convince them that you are a Christian? Have you been baptized (immersed)? Have you presented your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Can they see the “Fruit of the Spirit” manifested in your life (Galatians 5:22, 23)? Are there some sins that need to be confessed to God and to others against whom you have sinned (1 John 1:9; James 5:16)?

Love. You can’t say that you love God while hating or seeking to harm another Christian. “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also” (1 John 4:20, 21; See John 13:34, 35).

Name. Timothy’s name means “Honoring God.” He certainly did. He had a good reputation (Acts 16:2). Do you call yourself a “Christian?” What do others think about you? Is it accurate? What needs to change? What hardships are you willing to endure so that others can be saved (2 Timothy 3:12)? Consider some of the sufferings that Paul endured so that others could be saved (2 Corinthians 11:21-33). Since someone shared the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) with you so you could be saved, don’t you think it’s logical for you to share it with others? Why did God leave Christians on earth (1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 28:19, 10; Acts 1:8; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 Peter 4:10)?

Quote. “A [godly] mother’s love is something that no one can explain. It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain. It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may, for nothing can destroy it or take that love away…It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, and it never fails or falters even though the heart is breaking. It believes beyond believing when the world around condemns, and it glows with all the beauty of the rarest gems…It is far beyond defining, it defies all explanation, and it still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation…” – Source unknown

Surprise. Why not surprise your mother today? “Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth” (Ephesians 6:2, 3). Someday, you won’t have her anymore. Treat her the way you’d treat Jesus Himself (Matthew 25:40). 

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