The seeds of unfeigned faith were first planted in the spirit of a great disciple by righteous women. Not all families of Israel are perfect. Some have missing a father and some a mother. Some have neither one. But regardless of the family makeup, the spirit of the Most High and Christ chooses even they of a broken family to receive the holy spirit and flourish in righteousness.
Eunice and her mother Lois lived in a Greek city called Lystra. It is unknown whether Eunice’s husband was alive or dead, but either way, he was an unbeliever who called himself a Greek (Acts 16:1; an Israelite probably born and raised in Greece not knowing he was of the Nation of Israel). When Timothy was a very young man, probably in his teenage years, Eunice and Lois had the privilege to hear Paul teach of repentance during his first missionary journey to Lystra around 46 A.D. Their faith grew strong and fervent. And because Eunice’s husband was not around, the burden to teach and groom her son fell all upon her and her mother. It was obvious Eunice and Lois were virtuous and devout women:
“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 Timothy 1:5
Timothy continued to grow strong in the faith so much so that Paul kept him close like a son under his wing and taught him to be a great disciple and minister of the Word.
It is important that we too as women always focus on the building of our own faith and not get engulfed with senseless things of this world. We must study and are obligated to teach that to our children:
“For he established a testimony in Jacob, ad appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, they should make them known to their children.” Psalms 78:5
Sometimes we may not have a husband around, or we may be married to a foolish and unbelieving husband, or we may be a widow or even if we are married to a great man of faith, regardless, it is incumbent upon us to study and pass on the light of our Lord to our children.
The greatest teachers are they who teach by example. That is why Christ is supreme. He lived, walked, suffered and died by the words that he taught. If you are teaching your children the commandments, yet you are still not controlling your mouth, if you are teaching them to love the Most High and Christ first, but you worry more about the financial state of your family or how you look, if you teach them to be charitable, but you do not give all of yourself to the works of the Lord, if you teach them to be sincere and patient, but you are resentful of your trials and tribulations and complain about the situation you are in, then you are not being as Eunice and Lois, and, undoubtedly, you and your children will one day fall away from the faith. The faith of Christ is an action word. You study and do!
Before Paul’s death, he wrote a letter to Timothy to strengthen and encourage him to remain steadfast in his walk of teaching the Word. He asked him to remember all that he learned by those that taught him so well (His mother, his grandmother and Paul himself):
“14 But continue thou in the things which thou has learned and has been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15.
Eunice, whose name means victorious, and Lois, whose name means Christian woman (a follower of Christ), are living testimonies that nothing in a mother’s life is more important than a personal and vibrant faith modeled before her children.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6