July 31, 2013 - Faith in the Home
By Scott McChrystal
"I have been 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, NIV).
The apostle Paul is writing to encourage a young pastor named Timothy. Paul sees tremendous potential in this young man, and in particular the apostle references the sincere faith he sees in Timothy's life.
Paul also mentions two godly women who influenced Timothy's spiritual development — Timothy's grandmother and mother. These ladies must have lived in a godly manner before Timothy and probably spent considerable time during his boyhood years teaching him about the things of God.
Their efforts paid off handsomely. Timothy is commended several places in the New Testament for his faith and service to God.
Genuine Christianity must include more than attendance at church, Sunday School, or enjoying a Christian concert. It needs to be lived out in the home.
Regardless of your situation — single, married, married with children, or a single parent — God will honor your efforts to honor Him in your home. And be confident of this: Other family members will be impacted by the efforts you make.
Take your faith to the next level in your home.
— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Adapted from Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 3.